The press statement released by the Presidential Media Division on 17.01.2020 in relation to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s meeting with Hanaa Singer, UN Resident Coordinator in Sri Lanka, attributes the following views to President Rajapaksa with regards to the issue of enforced disappearances:
1. ‘missing persons are actually dead’
2. ‘Most of them had been taken by the LTTE or forcefully conscripted’
3. ‘after necessary investigations steps would be taken to issue a death certificate to these missing persons’
4. ‘Afterwards their families would be given the support they need to continue with their lives’.