The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) submitted a letter to the United States Embassy of Colombo protesting the efforts made by the US government to interfere with the independence and sovereignty of Sri Lanka, coincing with the arrival of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
“We do not believe that the visit of US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo to Sri Lanka is at all to do with a “commitment to a strong, independent, and democratic Sri Lanka” as stated in the briefing of the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Dean Thompson and Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs David Stilwell on the 22nd of October 2020,” the letter stated.
The JVP pointed out that the USA has consistently sought to bring Sri Lanka under its sphere of influence and thereby drag Sri Lanka into an unnecessary and costly global and regional power play.
“We are well aware that several critical military and trade agreements are pending which the US government is pressurizing the Government of Sri Lanka to enter into without proper accountability and due process. Unfortunately, the current government of Sri Lanka has proven itself unable to maintain an independent and non-aligned stance on these issues,” it further stated.
The JVP demanded that the US embassy clarify the undeclared secret options, signing of MCC agreement, strengthening of SOFA, pulling Sri Lanka to be a partner of QUAD and any more.
The JVP further assured that the people of Sri Lanka have no intention of tying its fortunes to a regime and will take all steps in their power to resist the ambitions of the US government to compromise the nation’s regional and international independence.