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Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU) General Secretary MP Udaya Gammanpila  today challenged the Government to call for a referendum in order to seek public approval for the Economic and Technology Cooperation Agreement (ECTA).


Addressing a media briefing, MP Gammanpila said they would not agree on the ECTA if the Government is unable to seek public approval for the ECTA through a referendum. He also said signing such agreements would completely devastate the country’s independence.


“There is a saying in English literature that ‘Do not catch anything that you cannot throw away’. This saying is applicable to the Governments’ current situation. If Sri Lanka would sign an agreement with a huge country like India, our country would never be able to get rid of them in any circumstance,” he added. (Kalathma Jayawardhane)

 

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  • daily borru Tuesday, 12 July 2016 03:31 PM

    Yes Minister Pille. you are right.

    Johan Monday, 11 July 2016 06:53 PM

    What referendum. People have elected a government They are responsible all agreements with foreign countriesExcept defence related agreements. Productivity of the country should be improved without depending always onForeign donors and loans

    shamon Monday, 11 July 2016 07:11 PM

    who let this fraudster out via DM Android App

    Katie Tuesday, 12 July 2016 09:09 AM

    Can somebody send this UG back to the prison cell and confine him to the 4 walls. He talks as though he is innocent despite cheating a foreign national of billions.

    kk Monday, 11 July 2016 07:27 PM

    Who is gentleman like you and MR to do so. via DM Android App

    KIRI BANDA Monday, 11 July 2016 07:31 PM

    Please Mr G, let the govt run the country. You are becoming a miserable nusinace. By the way, where were you during MR's dictatorship?

    Lawyer Tuesday, 12 July 2016 10:25 AM

    Why wont Ranil publish the entire ECTA AGREEMENT on all news papers for all to know what it is. As it is Indians will rule our economy. It will be INDIAN fishermen businessmen labour and etc. via DM Android App

    Sam Silva Monday, 11 July 2016 09:27 PM

    Lets have a referundum on the followingHow many members the Pivituru Hela Urumaya has?Will Gamapila be elected if he contests on the Hela Urumaya ticket rather than hanging on to MR

    Gusto Tuesday, 12 July 2016 05:54 AM

    Gembanpila doesn't understand the importance of ECTA.Yes, It will be temporarily disadvantageous, since it will give our jobs to Indians. Yes, the jobless population of India is twice as much as the entire population of Sri Lanka.But, this agreement along with the allowing Indian fishermen to fish in our waters and thereby handing them the small islands in the North, could improve the relationship India has with Sri Lanka.Someday, when India becomes the most powerful country on the world, these agreements will pay the dividend.

    Leo Tuesday, 12 July 2016 05:58 AM

    We will have a refferendum to make you power of attorney again. via DM Android App


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