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The Government attempts to extend the Acquisition and Cross-Services Agreement (ACSA) signed between the Defence Ministry’s of the United States and Sri Lanka in March, 2007 without Parliamentary approval would place the country at risk, the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) said today.

“The agreement that provides for among others, logistics, supplies and re-fuelling facilities, was signed for duration of ten years and expired today (March 5, 2017),”the  General Secretary of the JVP Tilvin Silva said.

He said that the agreement was signed by then US Ambassador Robert Blake and former Defence Secretary Gothabaya Rajapaksa.

“The Government is attempting to extend the ACSA for another ten years. With this we are bound to supply facilities whenever they need our help in their missions. As a country we don’t benefit by these kinds of agreements as we don’t interfere in wars with the other countries,” he said.

However, Mr. Silva also drew the attention that the US had military base in Diego Garcia in the Central Indian Ocean and said at any moment the country would have to support the US if they involve in a war with India or China, by giving our land to use as a military base to them. (Thilanka Kanakarathna)

 

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  • lkboy Monday, 06 March 2017 10:39 AM

    But this is yahapalanaya!

    Lord Wolfstein Sunday, 05 March 2017 04:19 PM

    The best thing would be to give the Hambantota port and the Matala airport as a military base to the United States for 30 years. In addition to the leasing payment, this would be an enormous economic recovery for the region and create many jobs.

    roy Sunday, 05 March 2017 04:24 PM

    So what is the issue. if Gota can sign then present government can do the same. via DM Android App

    Shelly Sunday, 05 March 2017 06:50 PM

    JVP is a baby who knows nothing when it comes to international relationships and agreements. Better they accept what they are . via DM Android App

    Kadiya Sunday, 05 March 2017 07:16 PM

    So if SL signs a defense pat with Russia it will be o.k.?

    Hiran Sunday, 05 March 2017 07:27 PM

    Not only international politics, JVP doesn't know even local politics.

    Kadiya Sunday, 05 March 2017 07:28 PM

    What's with these guys? The Govt. cannot do anything for its security, they are up in arms!

    ceylon Sunday, 05 March 2017 07:59 PM

    whats wrong .keep the country safe. via DM Android App

    Sandy Sunday, 05 March 2017 08:49 PM

    It has been there for 10 years and no harm came. So why is it harmful in the next 10 years?

    punchinilame Sunday, 05 March 2017 08:58 PM

    The JVP stratgey since 8-1-15 has been to make commentson all matters for the sake of brownie points in local politics.They were dead silent during the past Regime and itsconduct. Now they take advantage of the free-press to keepgoing, but not for long, as they are dim-witted !!


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