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US ultimatum: Opposition parties

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The opposition parties had mixed responses today with regards to the ultimatum issued by the United States State Department. The JVP alleged that the government had signed a secret agreement with the US and therefore was unable stand up to its intimidation while the UNP thought it unnecessary for the US to interfere on accountability issues and that this was a threat from the western block.

“In 2008 the government signed a contract with the US to provide them with military logistics and now they cannot go back on their word. This was an agreement signed behind without consultation with the public in total secret,” JVP leader Somawansa Amerasinghe said. He added that this secret pact was holding the government back from making any strong statement against the US and also allowed the US planes to intrude into Sri Lankan Airspace

Meanwhile the UNP is of the view that the most recent call from the US is a representative threat from the Western bloc. “This is a threat coming not from the US but from the western power bloc including the European Union,” UNP MP Wijedasa Rajapaksa said.

However he noted that it was not for the US to intrude into local matters. “They must understand that we are just coming out of a war and the people have suffered. There is no need for them to stir feelings of the nation again,” he said. He further added that the US was having double standards and impeding on Sri Lanka’s sovereignty. (Dianne Silva)

 
 

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-22+95 # tablet 2011-08-11 14:28
SL needs both USA & China.
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-9+32 # YURI 2011-08-11 23:47
Only China is enough to give as blank Cheque at the moment to run the country. later we will pay the country for the cheque
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-34+81 # dilan 2011-08-11 14:29
JVP liars.....Only now they are coming up with the details of the secret pack....after all these years?
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-23+54 # Calistus Jayatilleke 2011-08-11 16:47
So, coming colour no good ha?
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-20+36 # GSK 2011-08-11 17:13
Subha Anagathayak !!!
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-16+16 # sama 2011-08-11 22:31
Bomb shelling from US or NATO feeling cool as they are super powers and let them to kill all of us.
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-16+24 # Jehan 2011-08-11 23:24
Agreed Double standards of US Diplomacy. US is trying to have a hold on Chinese controlled SL now.... US Is an UGLY STATE
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-2+8 # By Gad 2011-08-12 09:04
Wimal Weerawansa, are you ready for another 'fast unto death' circus. Better wait until the big man comes back from the great wall.
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-0+0 # sajitha 2011-08-12 11:22
Why are we so worried? I did not realised our livelyhood is depending so much on USA
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-0+0 # Michael 2011-08-12 11:23
Us should worry about their economy not on our soil.
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-0+0 # patriotic 2011-08-12 11:37
US mind your own business
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