Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) today (06) said that if the present Government signs any agreement including the controversial Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) during the election time period, once SLPP presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa comes into power he will suspend all of those agreements.
Addressing a press conference in Colombo this morning (06), Joint-opposition MP Bandula Gunawardana said that if a Government led by the United National Party (UNP) comes into power, the MCC agreement will be signed without any condition.
“Our presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa gave a written pledge to Udumbara Kashyapa Thero last night that he will not sign any agreement with another country be it America, China or India if that particular agreement damages our country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. Even if such an agreement is signed, after Gotabaya Rajapaksa becomes the President he will amend all the agreements that are not in favour of the people. Therefore, if UNP government comes into power definitely they will sign the American MCC agreement without any condition,” Gunawardana said.
Asked whether an SLPP led government will suspend the MCC agreement, Gunawardana responded saying ‘that is what I was saying all the time’.
“Yes. Definitely we will stop the MCC agreement,” Gunawardana added.
However, asked whether Gotabaya Rajapaksa led government will not sign the MCC agreement, from Rajapaksa’s media spokesman MP Dullas Alahapperuma, he did not give a clear cut answer.
“I don’t think your question is fair because MP Bandula Gunawardana has given an open statement about it. DO you know how many countries have signed MCC? There are 43 that signed the agreement and 40 countries there are American military camps. So let us have a parliamentary debate to discuss if there are good things or bad things in the MCC agreement. We said that we will not sign any agreement which is bad for the country. I request you to study about the MCC agreement. You will not come up with this question had you studied about the agreement,” Alahapperuma said