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By Yohan Perera

The main opposition United National Party (UNP) today urged the government to transform the proposed Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) with India into a win-win situation for both countries and not to approve the Agreement it in its present form.

UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake said the trade agreement should benefit both countries equally because at present India is at an advantage when it came to trade between the two countries.

He said government should consider the sentiments expressed by local industrialists and accused the External Affairs Minister G.L Peiris of having agreed sign to approve the CEPA in its present form when he visited India recently. Mr. Attanayake said this was clear in the joint statement between Sri Lanka and India.

He stressed the need to safeguard the diplomatic relations with India

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  • Roshan Thursday, 16 June 2011 04:23 AM

    If they don't sign, then India will not support SL against the UN panel report.

    dalu banda Wednesday, 15 June 2011 03:08 PM

    At last they say something good. I'm surprised.

    Pradeep Thursday, 16 June 2011 10:47 AM

    Tissa what do you know about CEPa.
    You are shouting to hide internal party conflicts.
    First keep your house in order before talk about country.

    amedhaa Thursday, 16 June 2011 07:15 AM

    The private sector must be consulted before Govt makes any committement on CEPA


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