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MCC not yet discussed, but will be reviewed before deciding – Govt

While the controversial Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) compact has yet to be discussed at the Cabinet level, it will be revisited and reviewed before any decision is taken, the Government said today.

Co-Cabinet Spokesman Minister Ramesh Pathirana told reporters this morning that although there had been discussions on the sidelines of Cabinet meetings about the current status of the compact, nothing has been said about actually signing it.

The Cabinet will ensure that the controversial bilateral agreement will be revisited before any decision is taken, the Minister reiterated.

Minister Dullas Alahapperuma, who also joined this morning’s Cabinet press briefing, said that the previous government had failed to present the draft agreement to Parliament, despite repeated requests from the Opposition for a debate on its contents.

The new government, he said, is therefore obligated to review the compact and disclose its content to Parliament to raise public awareness.

The Minister also accused the previous government of misleading the public by distributing books and leaflets on the MCC compact at a time when several pages were missing from the draft agreement.

An analysis conducted by then Joint Opposition MPs had revealed that certain clauses in the agreement were allegedly so harmful for the wellbeing of the nation that they shouldn’t even be up for discussion, he added.

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