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‘MCC: Nothing against country’s interests’

The media briefing held at the Civil Society and Trade Union Collective (CSTC) office in Rajagiriya. Picture by Rukmal Gamage
The media briefing held at the Civil Society and Trade Union Collective (CSTC) office in Rajagiriya. Picture by Rukmal Gamage

Senior lecturer at the Sri Jayewardenepura University Ven. Dambara Amila Thera said recently the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) agreement does not contain any clause inimical to the country’s interests.

“The previous Rajapaksa government could not obtain this facility despite repeated requests and applications made by it to the US. The present government qualified to obtain this facility due to its good governance principals and human rights commitment. We had to show them that we were qualified to obtain this grant and there was a massive competition among other countries to obtain this grant. Although the previous government tried several times to negotiate with the US to obtain this grant, the US government did not grant because of human rights violations as well as the dictatorial rule maintained during the previous regime,” he said. Addressing a media briefing held at the Civil Society and Trade Union Collective (CSTC) office in Rajagiriya on Tuesday (50), Ven. Thera said even if we did not get this grant, we will continue our development projects as usual. We would like to ask the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) whether they would not obtain this grant if they were qualified for it.

“It was the then former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa who signed a defence agreement with the USA that enabled US forces to come to Sri Lanka. It was the former government which sold 5,000 acres near the Somawathi sacred area to an American company,” the Ven. Thera said.

“We would like to ask the people in Avissawella, whether they do not want the highway from Avissawella to Pelmadulla. We will receive modern buses with GPS facility while 132 roundabouts across the country will be renovated. Over 6,000 lands with questionable deeds will be turned into lands with pure deeds. There will also be separate settlements including transport projects, garbage disposal projects, industrial zones, and other facilities in this project,” the Ven Thera said.

Prof. H.W. Cyril also spoke.

 


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