No agreement to establish US military camp in Sri Lanka – Ruwan Wijewardene
There has been no agreement with the United States of America to establish a US military camp within Sri Lanka, says Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardene.
The State Minister of Defence commented on the matter following his visit to the Abhimansala in Anuradhapura to call on injured veterans.
Although Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) on security have been signed with several countries, no MoUs have been signed with the USA as of yet, he pointed out.
He further said that the US has only expressed their interest in signing an agreement that is still under discussion adding that this affair will be carried out for several months.
State Minister Ruwan Wijewardene added that this could only be brought about following discussions between the two governments and that no country can forcefully come and set up an Army base and neither will they allow it.
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What is the distinction between a base and a camp and policy is d. In that ictated by the degence department. A camp may mean anything from a few hundred solduers and military hardware to serve thier needs. It is probable that the US might be interested in sending a team to survey the prospect of upgrading the camp into a base. This probably will not anything considering that SL territorial integrity has been violated and a fe hundred americans here and there will not mean much until the US defence decides that the colonised be declared a restricted area i which case the SL government will have no say except perhaps the chinese!z