UNP demands that Gotabaya reveal his stand on the controversial MCC deal
ECONOMYNEXT – The United National Party is demanding that President Gotabaya Rajapaksa tell the nation what his stance is on the Millennium Challenge Compact, the controversial agreement that the President’s party bitterly opposed during the last election.
Former Deputy Minister Ruwan Wijewardene in a statement released today, June 27, said that without accusing the Opposition of wrongdoing the President should tell the people what he believes is the right course of action the country should take on this matter.
Wijewardene said that the government had already made a false claim that the former government had been given USD10 million under the MCC deal and that there were no accounts for this disbursement.
He pointed out that the US government has immediately denied that any disbursement has taken place under this agreement.
He said that if the government knows that a disbursement has taken place then it has a duty to “reveal to whom this money was given.”
“We are sad to see the President go down to the same level of those politicians who spread false information about the MCC during the last election,” Wijewardene said after a meeting of the UNP activists at the home of former Minister John Amaratunge in Kandana on Saturday morning.
Wijewardene said as a former “US citizen the President must take a position on this issue.”
Wijewardene, who is the Deputy General Secretary of the party, also pointed out that the first request for a MCC deal made by Mahinda Rajapaksa when he was president.
Opposition to the MCC was a major plank of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna campaign which brought President Rajapaksa to power.
In the campaign the SLPP said that if the country signed the MCC a swathe of land would be ceded to the USA and because of that the people of the South would need to get American visas to go to Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa on pilgrimage. (Colombo, June 26, 2020)
Reported by Arjuna Ranawana