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Govt. turned SL into battle field of super powers:SJB

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The Government has turned Sri Lanka into a battlefield of global superpowers through ineffective handling of its Foreign Policy, Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) said today.

SJB MP and Chief Opposition Whip Lakshman Kiriella told a press conference that the government had prompted that situation with regard to handling of the Eastern Terminal issue.

“Eleven heads of state who had governed this country since independence including Late Prime Ministers- D. S. Senanayake, Dudley Senanayake and S. W. R. D Bandaranaike, Sirimavo Bandaranaike, Late Presidents J. R. Jayewardene, R. Premadasa and D. B. Wijetunga had maintained a balanced foreign policy.

"However, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the present government have failed to maintain it by involving China in Sri Lanka in a big way. This government and the previous government of Prime Minister Rajapaksa had borrowed extensively from China and had got it involved in Sri Lanka’s affairs. This has made Sri Lanka a battlefield of the Super powers,” Mr. Kiriella said.

He recalled that India had wanted Sri Lanka to implement the tri- party agreement which the Sri Lankan government got into in 2019. “This is despite the stance taken by the present Sri Lankan government to give the Western Terminal to India. The previous government only got into a deal to set up a company, only to manage the terminal. The terminal was always to be owned by the Sri Lankan government,” he said.

SJB General Secretary Ranjith Maduuma Bandara who came up with his party’s stand on the issue said handing over the Western Terminal to India did not make any difference. “The food you take goes into your mouth no matter whether you eat with your right hand or with the left,” he said. He said SJB trade union attached to SLPA will fight against selling of any terminal to a foreign company.(Yohan Perera)

  Comments - 4

  • AB Tuesday, 02 February 2021 07:48 PM

    You sold H'tota to China,your hidden intention was disgrace MR, as unwisely store paddy in Mattala, with same intention, that made power disorder in international arena so it's obvious,but MR one the day

    AG Tuesday, 02 February 2021 07:50 PM

    Look who is talking. Hey you MP did you forget this whole mess was started by your government back in 2018 and 2019... please keep quiet....

    roni Tuesday, 02 February 2021 08:06 PM

    you guys could not do anything when in power now leave it to the trade unions, they would not allow be it EAST/WEST NORTH/SOUTH. What ever papers passed would be consigned to the dustbin.

    Sivakumar ( Jaffna Tamil ) Tuesday, 02 February 2021 08:11 PM

    If not for the Chinese there would not have been any port in Hambantota and this port is the closest to the major sea lanes in the region. If not for the Chinese there would not have been so many expressways quickly built in Sri Lanka, recall Sri Lanka never had even a single expressway before Rajapaksas asked China to build them. If not for the Chinese you would not have had the tallest tower in South Asia, the Lotus Tower. If not for the Chinese there would not be a new healthy city emerging from the sea that would surpass Dubai which is built in the unhealthy desert. Contrast this with horrible things India has done to Sri Lanka from Point Pedro to Matara, and the pressure and intimidation it is openly using against Sri Lanka.

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