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Despite protests, the government will be signing the long awaited trade agreement with India entitled the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) in May, 2016, Opposition MP and Pivithuru Hela Urumaya General Secretary Udaya Gammanpila alleged today.

He said Minister for Development Strategies and International Trade, Malik Samarawickrama had said the CEPA would be finalised next May while addressing a Young Entrepreneurs’ Conference held at Waters Edge Hotel recently.

Commenting on the agreement, MP Gammanpila said it will be beneficial only for Indians who would be entering into Sri Lankan trade. Indian businessmen will get an opportunity to buy our markets, he said.

“It is clear that everything has been arranged to finalise the CEPA though the government previously rejected reports that they would not be signing the agreement with India. We urge the President not to make Sri Lanka another Fiji where Indians had made up a majority in population. If the CEPA is signed, Sri Lanka will definitely become an Indian colony. We request the Yahapalana government not to let it happen,” Mr. Gammanpila said. (Piyumi Fonseka)
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  • Liberal One Monday, 16 November 2015 04:18 PM

    I bet its CEPA under a different name

    jay Monday, 16 November 2015 11:51 PM

    chinese are thousand times better then smelly arrogant indians

    Bala Monday, 16 November 2015 04:24 PM

    But your MR govt started it three years ago and five years ago there was the FTA. Where were you then. Anything this govt does is wrong but when MR does it - it is OK.

    Poraa Monday, 16 November 2015 04:34 PM

    Stupid people like Bala whatever say about not good for the country these people say .. MR..MR..MR .

    Nonis Monday, 16 November 2015 04:35 PM

    The sudden spurt in arresting in large numbers of fishermen from TN is to hoodwink the masses that SL will not cow down to India.

    Chandana Monday, 16 November 2015 04:42 PM

    Bring about an awareness among masses.

    pasdy Monday, 16 November 2015 04:46 PM

    This will be end of the road if it happened absolute disastar for the country hope sanity will prevail.

    Vivian Monday, 16 November 2015 04:47 PM

    If India is genuine about good relations it should permit Lankans married to Indians to work in that country on humanitarian grounds.

    sapu Monday, 16 November 2015 04:51 PM

    Thank you Gamma. Hope other politicos know what they are doing.

    Malkanthi Monday, 16 November 2015 04:52 PM

    JVP: Where are you?

    smith Monday, 16 November 2015 05:05 PM

    for MR to do it is ok, but MS doing it is a problem, what Gamanepila. you have just become another joker like the wanase of your clan

    Suba Monday, 16 November 2015 05:20 PM

    Seem very ignorant! JVP is not a savior but only anty-MR.

    Dee Monday, 16 November 2015 05:24 PM

    Hooo. Hooooo!

    Bala Monday, 16 November 2015 05:42 PM

    I only stated a fact. Let us argue on facts not what does not suit you.

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    Somi Monday, 16 November 2015 05:47 PM

    Bala did not say CEPA was good only commented on Gammas actions.

    Piyumi Monday, 16 November 2015 05:57 PM

    They have become white elephants to the nation

    ranjit Monday, 16 November 2015 07:19 PM

    Chinese would have been the majority had you been inpower.

    abc Tuesday, 17 November 2015 10:03 AM

    JVP under the indian belt now.


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