Natasha Fernando is an occasional blogger and columnist on defence and security. She lives in Colombo, Sri Lanka. She was a former researcher at the Institute of National Security Studies Sri Lanka. Their opinions are independent. While Rajapakse and the Sri Lankan media are silent on the true purpose of the appeal, the U.S. Department of Defense then issued a statement that highlighted some of the issues raised. The Rajapakse administration has indicated that it will pursue future defence agreements between the United States and Sri Lanka. Both the President and Prime Minister have confirmed that they will hand over the strategic Colombo Port East terminal to India, despite growing opposition from dockworkers. Sri Lankans, however, remain skeptical. Part of the problem lies in the fact that there is “little information in public opinion” about the “specificities” of the agreements. “The Visiting Forces Agreement is an update of an existing agreement and aims to address a number of bureaucratic problems,” Teplitz said in an interview with state television station Rupavahini on Saturday. “Our discussions today have been fruitful and aimed at deepening defence cooperation in a wide range of areas,” Singh later tweeted. Wickremesinghe acknowledged, however, that “this agreement generally creates the framework for U.S.
military personnel operating in a foreign country. SOFA provides for the powers and privileges of policyholders. The case of Sri Lanka: controversial defence proposals Sri Lanka is a goldmine for the United States and China among other regional powers because of its highly strategic location. Sri Lankan ports had a history of militarization that included: the natural harbour of Trincomalee used as a dual-use port by the British Royal Navy during World War II. Modern fear is the militarization of the port of Magampura Mahinda Rajapaksa by the Chinese, dispersed by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, who said: “Many people consider the port of Hambantota to be a Chinese military base. I accept that there is an army camp. But it is a Sri Lankan Navy camp. After installation, a Sri Lankan Rear Admiral will have control. Any ship from any country can do it. But we control the operations. Despite the unpopularity of the Sri Lankan Prime Minister, he is very well received internationally and is considered a competent man, even in defence.
The Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka were a good example of President Sirisenas ( Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces) failing to act in time, despite warnings from the head of Sri Lanka`s national secret service.