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No hurry to sign MCC agreement - JVP

The government should sign the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) agreement in a transparent manner as the cancellation or revision of such an agreement later would have negative impact on the country, the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) said yesterday.

Speaking to media at the JVP main office in Pelawatte, General Secretary Tilvin Silva said the presentation of the said agreement in Parliament subsequent to it being signed was not practical and such debates in Parliament will be useless.

“Governments entering into agreements with foreign countries without having discussed it with the people is wrong.We have such a history. The defence-related ACSA agreement signed by Gotabaya Rajapaksa and US Ambassador Robert. O. Blake in 2007, SAFTA agreement and ETCA are some of them,” he said. “Therefore, we emphasise that there is no hurry in signing this MCC agreement,”Silva stressed.

Commenting on the Economic Corridor that has been proposed starting from Trincomalee, Silva pointed out that this was a part of the National Physical Plan drafted in 2011 under the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime. However, he said that he could not say if there is a connection between the MCC project and that National Physical Plan. He also said Sri Lanka has a history when the governments had sold the local lands to foreign companies without the knowledge of the people.

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