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The United States of America and India are exploring the possibilities of ‘passing another resolution’ on Sri Lanka at the next UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) sessions in Geneva in March, diplomatic sources revealed to Ceylon Today.The resolution may be called on the grounds that Sri Lanka has made little progress in implementing the recommendations made in the report of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), particularly with regard to setting up investigations into at least the seven or eight specific incidents that they have identified, including the Channel Four video, a reliable source confirmed.It was reported that Secretary to the President, Lalith Weeratunga, has supposedly told a diplomatic gathering that only 35% of the LLRC recommendations have been implemented by the government so far.According to Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu, Executive Director, Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA), some of the major areas of the LLRC recommendations are basically ‘untouched’ or considered working on, by the government.“There are lots of new matters getting added for talks and perhaps the impeachment and victimization of ousted Chief Justice, Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake, and the arrest of the Jaffna University students are some questionable issues that may be taken up,” he said.Among the barely touched issues, according Dr. Saravanamuttu, are several major components of the LLRC recommendations – a political settlement has ‘not been touched,’ demilitarization of Northern Sri Lanka and land grabbing from the Tamils, have not been taken up for discussion.Secretary to the Ministry of External Affairs, Karunaratne Amunugama, said some of the main points in the recommendations ‘needs time’ to be implemented as they are concerning the national security of the country. He also said the minor areas, such as the implementation of trilingual usage have been taken up for discussion.However, Dr. Saravanamuttu said there is a recommendation on the national anthem to be sung in both Sinhala and Tamil languages, he wondered what would be the scenario on Independence Day next month.The UNHRC adopted a US-sponsored resolution against Sri Lanka during its 19th session in Geneva on 22 March 2012. It requested the Sri Lankan Government to present, as expeditiously as possible, a comprehensive action plan detailing the steps that the government has taken and will take to implement the recommendations made by the LRRC.Last week, the Ministry of External Affairs held a major diplomatic discussion on the LLRC recommendations and the action plan, with nearly 80 dignitaries attached to the foreign missions in Sri Lanka including consular generals, UN and Foreign Ministry officials. Amunugama charged a number of Non-Governmental Organizations and people, who bear an enmity towards Sri Lanka, are making negative remarks, but said the government is ready to face challenges even at the upcoming Geneva talks in March.

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