Political Editor, Sunday Times, 7 July 2019,where the title is “Inside story of how Sri Lanka fell into the ACSA-SOFA trap”
Amid mounting opposition, President should appoint expert probe team to identify weakness in the national security system
Despite denials and clarifications by the US, the two deals give America a major footprint in Sri Lanka
With little or no prospect of contesting presidential election, Sirisena may settle for a portfolio close to his heart
Opposition is mounting over the two defence related agreements between Sri Lanka and the United States, one already signed and another now pending.The first is the Acquisition and Cross Servicing Agreement (ACSA). For almost two years it was not tabled before Parliament. Nor was there a government statement explaining the contents, on a matter of such national importance to Sri Lankans.
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Citizen Silva, in Sunday Times, 16 June 2019, where the title is “The Tortoise on the Fence Post”
While indulging in my usual musings this weekend, pondering over the happenings in our land over the past few weeks, I was reminded about the story told to me by one of my friends a few months ago.
“I say Silva” he began “do you know that our president’s position these days is just like that of the famous tortoise on the fence post?”
I looked at him quizzically. “What tortoise? I cannot remember you telling me that particular story of yours. Remind me – I am all ears.”
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