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Govt has not signed SOFA; has not compromised sovereignty – Ruwan

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The Government has not signed any agreement titled Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) and has done not done anything to compromise the sovereignty of the people and the country, Acting Defence Minister Ruwan Wijewardene told Parliament today.

The Minister was responding to a question raised by Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) Leader MP Anura Kumara Dissanayake.

“No agreement is scheduled to be signed. Negotiations are underway between the relevant Ministry and the US Embassy. Certain proposals are unacceptable to us. We will only agree to what is desirable. At the moment the only available agreement is what was signed in 1995,” Wijewardene said previously in a statement issued on 4 July.

“No agreement which is not favourable and which has consequences to national security will be signed. If any agreement was to be signed, the President’s advice as Minister of Defence would be sought and signed thereafter by the Defence Ministry Secretary,” he added.