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29 July 2015 12:11 pm - 19     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Recent statements made by an incoming ambassador of the US to the region and a high ranking military official of the US indicated that the US intended establishing military bases in Sri Lanka, leader of the Lanka Sama Samaja Party (LSSP) Prof. Tissa Vitharana said.

“The senior military official in charge of South East Asia and the ambassador have publicly said that they intend on including Sri Lanka in its security ring in this part of the region. This is nothing but a clear indication that they want to establish a military base,” he said.

Speaking at a press conference attended by Udaya Gammanpila and General Secretary of the Communist Party D.E.W. Gunasekara, Prof. Vitharana said that the United National Party was in agreement for a US military base.

“The UNP seems to have come into an agreement with the US regarding this because the statements have made recently anticipating a UNP win and following the last election. There were secret agreements in 2002 when they came into power and there is a good chance that such agreements have been drawn now,” he said.

He said that the Left and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) fought for the removal of the British Army following Independence and the UNP was taking the country back to imperialist forces.

Prof. Vitharana said that the call for federalism by the Tamil National Alliance had also fuelled racist elements in the South.

“We are displeased and condemn the call for a Federal State by the TNA at this crucial juncture. It has done nothing but fuel racist elements in the south at a time when we all want reconciliation” he said.

He said the election manifesto of the UPFA stated that the LLRC recommendations would be implemented within a year and such was indicative of the UPFA’s commitment to reconciliation. (Sanath Desmond)


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  Comments - 19

  • Sikuru Wednesday, 29 July 2015 06:23 PM

    MR was planning to give either Colombo or Hambantota as a base for China in return for bribes talk about that!

    Fair N Square Thursday, 30 July 2015 11:44 PM

    If Vasu is Wattakka.. this loser is Thalana Batu

    Raj Thursday, 30 July 2015 01:51 PM

    Another nutty prof

    Peratha Rajapakshe Thursday, 30 July 2015 09:49 AM

    MR is capable of getting loans to develop his family with hight interest from China.

    Kiris Baba Amaray Thursday, 30 July 2015 09:47 AM

    Believe me MR had given 13 Million to Tissa as a gift. How is this?

    Sri Lankan Thursday, 30 July 2015 08:00 AM

    Very very important! Can get an income from Mattala airport and Hambantota port!!!

    sobers Thursday, 30 July 2015 07:16 AM

    We never knew that you are so close to White House! Amazing!

    surasena Wednesday, 29 July 2015 06:45 PM

    Well, considered the geographically strategic location where we are many super powers are willing to have their bases here. we may call tenders and open for anyone to have their bases according to our terms. Now globalization is here, we must think how to market our uniqueness accordingly

    Viktor Wednesday, 29 July 2015 06:33 PM

    Tissa Vitarana has descended to the level of Weerawansa. Trying hard to stake his claim to a national list seat on his 81st birthday. His next step ? He may have to hold a fast unto death in front of the American Embassy!

    Sapu Wednesday, 29 July 2015 06:28 PM

    Why not look at South China Sea and see how China is stealing islands from Vietnam and Philippines? US cannot build a base here because it will offend india but US will turn SL into a major power Military, Economic power like Taiwan,Singapore and now they are turning Philippines into

    Bippity Boppity Boo Wednesday, 29 July 2015 05:47 PM

    Oh! That is very important news. You handler, MR gave land outright to China along with the Colombo Port City Project. Take a read my friend.

    Sikuru Wednesday, 29 July 2015 06:22 PM

    bankrupt parties lying as usual, everyone knew how MR gave ports to the Chinese, nuclear subs docking in Colombo.

    Mason Wednesday, 29 July 2015 06:11 PM

    China has been given their own facility in Colombo port. They were also to be given 200 acres of the reclaim,ed land from the proposed Port City. Were these for Water Polo and Play ground. Would you mind answering this Prof. Tissa Vitharana, before talking about USA intentions.By the way there is no harm in a country having intentions. It is when something more than this happens that the we have to be concerned.

    Amdon Wednesday, 29 July 2015 06:10 PM

    Another mad hatter?

    Labby Wednesday, 29 July 2015 06:05 PM

    LLRC recommendations would be implemented within a year? Why now?

    Dave Goonawardena Wednesday, 29 July 2015 05:59 PM

    Finally you guys have got it.RW always wanted to be uncle Sams poodle thats why he was in the USA for one month for special tuition classes.There are bigger things at play here.Dave G.

    TJ Wednesday, 29 July 2015 05:58 PM

    Professor seems to be suffering from Uncle Sam Phobia

    indi Wednesday, 29 July 2015 05:52 PM

    US Wants military base in Srilanka. Mahinda Wants ???.Thiss Vitharana wants ???

    Bert Wednesday, 29 July 2015 05:52 PM

    Shame on you. So this is how you are going to rob the votes. You are wrong my dear. SriLankan voters will not fall for those gimmicks any more.

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