22 October, 2019

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US Troops Already Enjoy Diplomatic Immunity As Per SOFA Signed During CBK’s Tenure: PM

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today said American troops already are subjected to diplomatic immunity in Sri Lanka, as per the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) signed between the U.S. and Sri Lanka during Chandrika Kumaratunga’s Presidency.

Ranil

He said this today in Parliament, responding to a query raised by JVP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake about the three contentious agreements the government has entered or are planning to enter, with the U.S. – SOFA, ACSA (Acquisition and Across Service Agreement) and MCC (Millenium Challenge Corporation). What was meant to be a clarification process on SOFA has now been further complicated following PM’s speech.

PM told parliament that the SOFA was signed during CBK’s tenure and was implemented with effect from May 16, 1995. As per the conditions SL agreed to at the time, PM said American troops are currently subject to diplomatic immunity since then and our radio frequencies are also already accessible by U.S. forces if necessary.

The PM further assured no fresh SOFA agreement is in the offing between U.S. and Sri Lankan governments presently.

“What exists is the agreement made between the government of Sri Lanka and the U.S. and the Line Ministry stands accountable for it. So I inquired from my Secretary whether any proposal on SOFA has been submitted to the Cabinet. Such a proposal has not been submitted to the Cabinet by the Defense Ministry or any other Ministry and that has been communicated to me in writing. Therefore, rest assured we have not signed a new SOFA and a new agreement has not been submitted either,” he added.

The PM explained SOFA cannot be described purely as a mutual defense agreement between the two nations and is more of a framework under which U.S. military personnel can operate in a country. He added the U.S. has entered into similar agreements with various countries worldwide including South Korea, Singapore and Malaysia and added each draft is different to the other.

PM said the Opposition is trying to raise a spectre out of SOFA and added negotiations are underway between the relevant Ministry and the U.S. Embassy in Sri Lanka on a new draft as certain conditions laid out in the new draft cannot be accepted by the GoSL.

“I can assure that we have not and will not commit to anything that negatively impacts the sovereignty or the autonomy of Sri Lanka,” he added.

The PM went on to note several revisions were also made in the renewed ACSA – mainly the points of contact for both U.S. and Sri Lanka.

“While we amalgamated the different points of contacts assigned to the tri-forces into a single contact point at the Defense Ministry, the U.S. increased their number of points of contact as the number of commanding posts have increased in number.”

“The ACSA signed by then Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa had seven pages but the agreement we signed had only five. That shows the extent to which our government pushed back and stripped down in the agreement. I can’t understand how its possible for a five page document to be more dangerous than the seven-pager,” he added.

Responding to the PM’s statement Dissanayake said the yardstick with which to measure the negative impacts of an agreement with a foreign nation must not the number of pages in an agreement.

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  • 14
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    Prime Minister,

    Lay it out in the open, all the agreements signed so far, when it was signed, when it expires, and what the new agreements specify.

    Anura KD, is correct in that it is not the number of pages, 7 vs.5, but the terms that matter. So disclose both the 7 page and the proposed 5 page agreements.

    What agreements did the US sign with the Native American tribes?
    What agreements, if any, did the Para-Sinhala sign or agree to the Bative Veddah Aethho tribes?

    Even though the mean IQ of the Land and the legislators is79, the people still need to know what they are getting into.

    Is it Kabalen Lipata, from the frying pan to the fire?

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      Amarasiri,
      Sinhalayo must be aliens who landed in this island from another planet because in this planet there is no other place except Sinhale (aka Sri Lanka) where Sinhalayo live and Sinhala language is spoken.

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        Hello Blind Eagle from Melbourne do you speak to your Tamil wife in Chingkallam, Thamizh or in Strine( Australian English) . What about your half Thamizh children? Chingkallam? Thamizh ? Strine or sign language?

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          All these agreements must be revoked, abolished and junked by the Sri Lankan President.
          US Special Operations Forces (SOF) which own and operate IS were behind the Easter Disaster.
          No US troops, ships or airplanes should be allowed in Sri Lanka, in the name of the Dead and maimed in the Easter attacks. We need justice for the country. Only MP Dayasiri was brave enough to point out the US MCC and USAID and Washingtbon Concenss is behind much of the Economic and Environmental crisis that Lanka faces now.
          US ambassador who has been weaponizing religion must be sent back to Washington and the massive US base being built on Galle Road in Colombo, investigate and shut down.
          Send the US packing!

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        Eagle Eye,

        Sinhalayo and Demalo are Paras, to the Land of Native Veddah Aethho, as they came from outside the land thousands of years after the Veddah Arthho walked to claim the land. So, technically speaking , yes, the Paras are aliens, outsiders.

        The Paras and Native Veddah Aethho are Homo Sapiens with 46 chromosomes, and their chromosome no. 2, was formed by the fusion of two primate chromosomes.

        However, the mitochondrial DNA of Native Veddah Aethho falls in the Haplo Group N, whereas for the Paras in the Haplo Group M. Most of the Indians , South and East Indians fall in the Haplo Group M.

        Go with the data and repeatable data. Everything has to fit in. All the genetic and archeological data, confirm that both Sinhala and Tamils are Paras. Prof. Raj Somadev is an archeologist with a low level of scientific background and understanding, that he is making a fool of himself in light of overwhelming evidence.

        Remember the Catholic Church, Galileo, the earth and the heliocentric model. It took the Church about 400 years to fess up and say Galileo was right. Actually it was Copernicus who got it right first.

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          Amarasiri,
          You with a high level of scientific knowledge on DNA came out with DNA data from the research conducted by Ranaweera, Lanka; Kaewsutthi, Supannee; Win Tun, Aung; Boonyarit, Hathaichanoke; Poolsuwan, Samerchai; Lertrit, Patcharee (2014). “Mitochondrial DNA history of Sri Lankan ethnic people: Their relations within the island and with the Indian subcontinental populations”. Journal of Human Genetics. 59(1): 28–36 and said “genetic studies from mitochondrial DNA have conclusively shown that they are Paras from their Para Homeland, Bharat , India.” But their conclusion is:
          “No definite association of the Sinhalese with any specific ethnic or linguistic groups of India was, however, detected in this study; thus, their exact immediate origin on the mainland remains yet to be confirmed.”
          Research conducted by several archeologists including Prof. Somadeva have confirmed that the origin of Sinhalayo is in this island.

          If your pay cheque depends on how many times you chant the ‘Mantra’. ‘Para-Sinhala’, please do so. But the truth will prevail.

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        E E,
        You are wrong about SL being the only country where Sinhalese is spoken. Go to Australia, England, Germany, France, Italy or America & you will be shocked to ask yourself if any more Sinhalese left in SL. Even Mumbai in India, streets are full of homeless youths from well-to-do families waiting to get recruited as sailors. Even if SL disappear in the ocean tomorrow, I can assure you that Sinhalese, like Homo Sapiens out of Africa, will not disappear from this planet! Raj Somadeva is making sure that they live & multiply abroad as devoted patriots of the mother land by visiting them to lecture on their unbroken proud history of 125,000 plus 2019 years!

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          D.P.
          ‘You are wrong about SL being the only country where Sinhalese is spoken.’
          These are people who emigrated from Sinhale (aka Sri Lanka) where the people use Sinhala as their mother tongue. In a way it is good that there are people who speak Sinhala in other countries because ‘Para Demalu’ and ‘Para Muslims’ are trying to wipe out Sinhalayo from Sinhale.

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        Truth is Modayas came from today’s Kerala ( then Chera Tamil Kingdom)…..and later Kandy area was colonized by Tamil Speaking Manawadus from today’s Tamil Nadu.

        Even if you recycle your craps million times you can’t hide truth.

        Modayas have lost thinking power because of their carrot brain.

        Look at the pathetic state of government and cardboard security forces.

        Even uneducated Vedhas can give good governance and security.

        Mahavamsa comics are not acceptable in this century .now Deveina jokers are writing new history after Ganja shot.

        Cheers

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        Eagle Eye,
        Tamils ruled Sri Lanka long before Vijaya landed.

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aryacakravarti_dynasty

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    If the Sofa was signed during the term of Chandrika Kumaratunga why did not Mahinda Rajapakse or Maithripala Sirisena Cancel it. How come the citizens of this country are in the dark.

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      STEVE MODAYE: USA would send a Helicopter, from Diego Garcia, with fully armed soldiers to pick up those who ever did it.

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        JD (Just a Dickhead)
        What an intelligent statement !!

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      Thi was my question too, if there were American soldiers in sri lanka, how come no body knew it until last week. So other crooks & criminals kept it secret until last week?

  • 9
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    Good.

    CBK wanted Rome Accord too. Ranil should sign it too. He told to UNHRC that he will do that.

    Now get the 25,000 Chinese prisoners out of the country and redistribute the job for who lost it for war and Sinhala Only.

  • 7
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    ACSA (Acquisition and Across Service Agreement)

    Acquisition is it for sri lankan from sri lankan or by sri lankans or for US from US or by US

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      rbh: Because of ACSA you LTTE tamils lost. Otherwise, USA would not have forced Srilanka to do it this way, they wouldn’t have helped Sri lanka. and sacrificed Pabakaran and LTTE and chinkalams signed ACSA. .

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        KeKeKeKe

        So now SL is indebted to US..can’t say no to their all requests.

        Do you think Geater China will watch this silently?

        Ready for fireworks else jump into sea.

        Cheers

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        JD

        This agreement is for future activities not passed.

  • 9
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    Wickramasinghe of R….of UNP is that what type of person of citizens of Sri Lanka?
    What an ideology he believes that these are people support and produce by USA of World giant nation.
    Is that USA having bottom line any accepted norms of so-called ‘Liberal Democracy’.?
    These are leaders who are going to build our country and teaches of Democracy for future generations come into being?
    I do not understand how is that millions of People follows these person as leader of UNP !
    Are they having millions of followers by given broken promises before public since 15/1/8 ?

  • 5
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    In 1995, Sri LankaN GOVT HAD SIGNED A sofa. THOSE DAYS, CBK was president and PM was the Ranil.
    Pakisthan had a SOFA and they gave up on that since this year and now PAkisthan has signed to a humongous IMF loan.

  • 7
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    Why not table it including all the annexations and appendices? The Ambassadorwas known to have created trouble in Nepal and got Nepal to block some Chinese efforts. She is being aggressive and lying on behalf of the US. She is really good at her job. Your ponna rilaa government is bowing to her and the US. Do not be fooled with geniality and offers of aid. If there is nothing to hide, why the fuck are the documents and agreements secret? pressure or blackmail? You guys are totally fooled by that woman and her fake news lies like her immoral corrupt President.

  • 3
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    Sri Lanka is the inheritance of the ‘elite’ hamu mahatthaya’s .
    They will decide what is right for we the people who are just a bunch of born suckers and losers .

  • 4
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    In 1996 there was a Diplomatic Immunity Act passed in Sri Lanka.
    In that it states these agreements can not be put on mere paper, instead has to be gazetted and brought before the Parliament.
    In the Parliament, the Members rescind it and then can be done away with.

    This Wickremesinghe is misleading everyone and working on his own agenda by passing all rules and regulations of the Land.
    Wickremesinghe is a fraud.
    As of now a complete Land survey has been done and every inch of land in the country identified by the Americans in the Country.
    Wickremesinghe wants to distribute the land mass the Americans are interested to the poor and then wealthy corparation will buy up and have investments they desire.

    Country is virtually sold with her inhabitants to the Americans.
    AS A LAST RESORT WHAT THE PEOPLE CAN DEMAND IS ISSUE AMERICAN PASSPORTS TO EACH AND EVERY INHABITANTS IN THE COUNTRY PRIOR TO TAKING OVER THE COUNTRY.

    GOD HELP SRI LANKA AND RANIL BE CURSED FOR 100M YEARS.

  • 5
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    Why not be transparent and place all three agreements SOFA, ACSA and MCC already signed and proposed to sign with explanations before the people. Why the secrecy?

  • 9
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    The prime minister says “I can’t understand how its possible for a five page document to be more dangerous than the seven-pager”
    The danger does not depend on the number of pages in the agreement, it is the substance that count.
    Even a one pager could be more dangerous than a 100 pager. So wake up PM don’t try to fool the foolish sinhaleyos.

  • 7
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    “My predecessors did it. So what is wrong with my doing it”. That is the “Philosophy” of this “Leader” of a Political Party that Governs the country. Do the PEOPLE want such a “Leader” any more to continue? If the answer is “YES”, please don’t complain and continue to live with it for good or bad. If the answer is “NO”, then very decisively and overwhelmingly defeat him and his politics. It must be that simple and short.

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      “My predecessors did it. So what is wrong with my doing it”. That is the “Philosophy”

      You were propagating as Americans were killing Muslims in Iraq so you also have to kill Tamils in Ceylon. Do you see the damage you created? Now Ranil, who learned from you, has become PhD on that philosophy.

      Next time, learn to listen to us when we tell you something.

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    All though all these Pundits are talking about US Armed Forces movements in SL, but the reality is, do we have the fire power to stop if US Armed Forces walk into SL without Sri Lankan agreement? The answer is NO. Hence, the best we can do is to sign an agreement which gives into the requirements of USA while having checks and balances in the agreement that US forces does not upset SL sovereignty and territorial integrity while protecting SL life style.

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      They make it Thahiti, Diego Garcia, Puerto Rico. Note: USA says they are funding even the uprising in Hon Kong. That kind of uprisings are common all over the world. One Tamil web site discussed, US has every country in Asia and Africa a NATO member by default.
      Sri lanka is the only country that sings to every agreement with the USA and becomes a modern colony, natives govern the country, natives provide security even for the colonial master, of western colonials.

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    The previous agreements never gave the US military –

    Never the right to operate normal business in military uniform or carry weapons in public.
    Never gave immunity from local laws for violations committed.
    Never gave authority to walk into the country with no visa/passport.
    Never gave authority to bring in anything without being subject to customs checks.
    Never gave authority to do a lot of things…………

    Read the agreement. Ranil is lying through his teeth. What a traitor. Ranil is also trying to change land laws so foreigners can buy. If that happens, most of the country’s land would be bought by foreigners.
    All the while, the TNA is missing in action. The same TNA that doesn’t want the SL military to move around in the North/East seems plenty ok with the US military doing the same.
    Eelam anyone????????

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      ” All the while, the TNA is missing in action. The same TNA that doesn’t want the SL military to move around in the North/East seems plenty ok with the US military doing the same.
      Eelam anyone???????? ”

      Rajiv, just forget about TNA…….. Good for nothing. Tomorrow it is going to vote for to keep Ranil as the Boss of the parliament and cabinet. But if US Army will replace the Rapist Army in North East, tell US Ambassador that I have signed off the Trinco and Palali for them.

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        Excellent Mallaiyuran. Let the US Army rape their way across the North and East. You people will be talking of the good old days when the Sri lankan military was there. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_Lai_Massacre
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_war_crimes

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          Taraki

          “Let the US Army rape their way across the North and East. “

          American don’t give a toss about who they kill, whom they rape, where they shit, …where they p**s, .where they e*******e … they don’t even have to know the geography of the world nor the anatomy of the body.

          Make sure you close your mouth and other natural cavities when they are around.

          You will be longing and praying for VP to return, reincarnate, …. just to kick the Americans out of the island as the cowards of the Sri Lankan armed forces would be looking for places to hide. Since VP is no longer alive they would bravely take positions behind their female folks’ bum.

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    How can Dr Ranil’s 5 pages have more Dangers to our Nation than Cuss Chandrika’s 7 Pages ?…
    HeHeHee.

    I know Dr Ranil is a Joker.. Sorry, A try hard Stand Up Comedian in Kotte..
    Even outside he has cracked a few like VWs, Free Wifi, Tablets, and our Village Women’s Jungis..
    But this one is hilarious…..I think it is in our best ever Mahavamsa Comedian Andare ‘ League…. –

    Thank God Dr Ranil didn’t use this analogy to explain the difference between our Central Bank and Kochikade Church…

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    Sri Lanka is negotiating a fresh military cooperation deal with the United States, its Prime Minister announced in parliament Wednesday, July 10, even as the country’s president vowed to veto any agreement.
    Ranil Wickremesinghe said the government was discussing a replacement for a 1995 Status of Forces arrangement that would allow the militaries of the two countries to access each other’s ports and airports with fewer formalities. The prime minister said negotiations were ongoing as the new document contained provisions Sri Lanka was not able to accept,” without elaborating on what they were.
    His comments came days after President Maithripala Sirisena said he would not let the government headed by his pro-West arch-rival conclude any deal giving U.S. forces freer access to Sri Lanka.
    I will not allow the SOFA that seeks to betray the nation. Some foreign forces want to make Sri Lanka one of their bases. I will not allow them to come into the country and challenge our sovereignty,” Sirisena, who faces an election this year, said at a rally last weekend.

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    US army is operating already in Srilanka. what they want is Sri lanka to be a NATO member. Now, they have given a coast guard cutter. Next time they may say we helped you. Now help us.

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      JD

      “US army is operating already in Srilanka.”

      When did they leave.
      They now call themselves the Sinhala/Buddhist Ranavirus.

      “what they want is Sri lanka to be a NATO member.”

      You are not joking are you?

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    DO we want to be a communist Chinese dictatorship or a democracy or at least a veneer of democracy. IF stray into a Chinese or for that matter a Russian dictatorship then this site along with any dissenting voices or opinion will disappear. Sumane wont get to comment rubbish and slander against the sitting prime minister. Many others who make stuff up will slowly vanish. If we as a nation stick to our principles and democratic ideals then no nation can touch us. The USA has acted harshly only when the situation called for it. This is true of Latin America where Marxism was stamped out by the installation of brutal dictator ships or in the middle east where brutal dictatorships were brutally kicked out resulting in a meltdown of the country in question. America does not go around the world picking fights with no provocation. What we need to ask ourselves is do we go provoke them by giving up our freedom by transforming this country into a Chinese sponsored dictatorship or do we live peacefully under the protection of this treaty. Don’t be morons and pick a fight you cannot win.

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      We can’t give self rule to N-E people
      But ready to give parts of this cursed land to Greater China and US.
      Hehehe
      Allow US to open camps near Musulim villages in N-E first..Let the US handles security so people will be safe.

      Cheers

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    Do you see an American base , a battalion , a platoon here anywhere in SL? Your attempt to equal your betrayal of our country to what ever minor agreements signed by previous government is laughable.

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    It looks that any buffoon who is the President or the Prime Minister can sign any agreement with any party and get away without any scrutiny. Alas! this is what has happened to a country which is supposed to have had a reserve of One Billion Sterling Pounds at the time of independence. We have frittered away all this during the 71 years of independence and have become a nation of beggars prostituting our land and self respect to other nations. Can a Prime Minister worth his salt say just because there is a so called precedent, a set of soldiers be continued to accord diplomatic status? He is off his mind. In my view every agreement or commitment to the International community or nation must have at least Parliamentary approval with debate or be passed by referendum. DON’T forget that China walked into Tibet after Panchen Lama (No.2 cleric) signed a document recognizing that Tibet was a part of China. It will happen soon here. If Wickamasingham believes that he can be in power for life through foreign domination in the country, like Don Juan Dharmapala, he is highly mistaken and is risking his own life. POOR FOOL.

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    This idiot did not do anything as opposition leader when things of this nature happened but current opposition nicely attacking him when ever he tries to sign an agreement with foreign countries. Politically a no 1 idiot.

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    Dear Prime minister.. When the country was hit with multiple Bombs, your excuse was you didn’t attend to the Security Council for more than Six months. Cut the crap on number of pages and washing your hands off responsibility. A true DEMOCRACY is all citizens being given the access to all terms of all these agreements. If you beleive in the DEMOCRACY you faught vigorously last October stop hiding and show the full agreement to the country and get the citizens approval to sign such contracts. Not the agreement of thos incompetent hooligans that Rot the Honoroble parliment.

  • 2
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    Ranil says “I can’t understand how its possible for a five page document to be more dangerous than the seven-pager”

    That just shows what a moron he is. Is he trying to steal Sirisena’s The Ultimate Moron crown?

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    Oh, I forgot to post a comment here.

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      Negotiations with USA for SOFA should be abandoned.
      Talking about pages is hilarious, as Wimal pointed, instead of having all the contents in one, it has been separated into 3 agreements to mislead people.
      There is no other country which has signed an MCC Land Grab Deal along with ACSA, SOFA and VFA, facilitating foreign acquisition of land, air and sea of a country.
      As I said on April 21 itself, the USA and India are behind the Easter-Sunday Carnage. They created terrorism in a country where there was no terrorism in order to make counter-terrorism as a way to get through these agreements. I said from the beginning that this is not a work by ISIS. Now it has been proved. The ISIS part was deliberately brought forward to cover the USA’s and India’s involvement.
      Now the US Ambassador is talking about a stringent border control and coast guard to ward off terrorism!!!!!
      For US Ambassador’s information, we have over 2500 years of experience in fighting any infiltration by sea.
      Why US is so keen to take over Sri Lanka’s border patrolling?
      I thought nonstop.
      It may be because of Sri Lanka’s claim for continental shelf beyond 200 NM.
      If it is approved, we will acquire 75,000 sq.km of more sea area!!!!
      Holy sh…..
      Yako Sinhalese, wake up.
      Oi Moda Prime Minister, don’t sign any of these deals, including MCC.
      Take time and postpone any final decision. Also start wearing a bulletproof jacket, for an unidentified gunman might target you, most probably a foreigner.
      I am telling the US to stop interfering in Sri Lanka’s sovereignty and independence. Trump is trying to use Sri Lanka to boost his image as his other attempts failed to bring desired results, such as; Mexican border-fence and North Korea matter.

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    Dear Prime Minister,

    Thanks for letting the voters know that CBK has signed such an agreement in secret.

    The kind of agreement that is being considered is not trivial and voters in the country should know the details of any agreement before committing the country to any military alliance.

    You are at the end of your political career and the least the country expects of you is transparency. CBK failed – there is no reason to follow her example.

    In the name of the country you have lived, disclose all the provisions of the agreement that is being contemplated.

    Theresa May attempted to hide the details of the Brexit agreement and she failed. Arguably, Sri Lankan voters are idiots as opposed to British voters who have exerted tremendous pressure on politicians. If Sri Lankan voters were smart, all major political parties would no longer exist!

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    Mallaiyuran: There is no medicine for “STUPIDITY” and no “CURE. Read my comment once again and try on you own to understand what it conveys. You also said: “Now Ranil who learned from you……..” If I had a chance to “TEACH” him , I would have “EXPELLED” him at Grade I level itself, because he too suffers from the same ailment you are afflicted with. I feel sorry for the people of your community who listen to you. Have a nice day and may some “Awakening” dawn on you.

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      ” There is no medicine for “STUPIDITY” and no “CURE. ”

      Watching with interest the lessons being learned by awakening dawn on Lanakwe for the past 70 years.

      Now for a change, instead of only selling everything for China, sell few things to India and America too. I thought that may save you back too, instead somebody drop atomic bombs and get China out of their. Remember, Japan bombed British ship is still in Trinco

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    Is RW living in a virtual world, thus making hypothetical statements, OR is he out-of-reality of the Sri Lankan environment that you and I live today?
    I either is the case, RW, still needs to come down to earth from his elevated living standards, and attempt to grasp the realities of the common man.
    But alas, I am pretty certain that it would to “to be or not to be”, meaning, “to act or not to act,” to exist (live) or not to exist (die),” “to confront or to let be.”

    “To be, or not to be” is the opening phrase of a soliloquy uttered by Prince Hamlet in the so-called “nunnery scene” of William Shakespeare’s play Hamlet, Act 3, Scene 1.

    “To be, or not to be” is the opening phrase of a soliloquy uttered by Prince Hamlet in the so-called “nunnery scene” of William Shakespeare’s play Hamlet, Act 3, Scene 1.
    Featured snippet from the web
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    “To be, or not to be” is the opening phrase of a soliloquy uttered by Prince Hamlet in the so-called “nunnery scene” of William Shakespeare’s play Hamlet, Act 3, Scene 1.

    But you really need to read the rest of the soliloquy to get a sense of what Hamlet means by it—which would make an excellent subject for an assigned essay in school.

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    Is RW living in a virtual world, thus making hypothetical statements, OR is he out-of-reality of the Sri Lankan environment that you and I live today?
    I either is the case, RW, still needs to come down to earth from his elevated living standards, and attempt to grasp the realities of the common man.
    But alas, I am pretty certain that it would to “to be or not to be”, meaning, “to act or not to act,” to exist (live) or not to exist (die),” “to confront or to let be.”

    “To be, or not to be” is the opening phrase of a soliloquy uttered by Prince Hamlet in the so-called “nunnery scene” of William Shakespeare’s play Hamlet, Act 3, Scene 1.

    “To be, or not to be” is the opening phrase of a soliloquy uttered by Prince Hamlet in the so-called “nunnery scene” of William Shakespeare’s play Hamlet, Act 3, Scene 1.
    Featured snippet from the web
    Image result for What is Shakespeare saying in To Be or Not To Be?

    “To be, or not to be” is the opening phrase of a soliloquy uttered by Prince Hamlet in the so-called “nunnery scene” of William Shakespeare’s play Hamlet, Act 3, Scene 1.

    But you really need to read the rest of the soliloquy to get a sense of what Hamlet means by it—which would make an excellent subject for an assigned essay in school.

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    Is this SOFA criticism too is like ACSA? We believed Sunday Times political columnist provided credible reports about ACSA until we saw the ACSA agreement comparison done by last Sunday Observer with real documents. Now we have suspicions about the columnist’s motives. What happened to the 83 pages? Does he have a hidden agenda to protect some group? Why did he wait nearly two years to investigate this? Why all of a sudden he came up with this after the Easter Sunday attacks? Did he want to divert people’s attention talking about American boots are coming to invade us? He should apologize to the readers and viewers. It seems very hard to find genuine journalists these days.

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