Opposition claims ETCA payback to India for helping defeat MR

G.L-PeirisThe joint opposition today claimed that the proposed Economic and Technology Cooperation Agreement (ETCA) with India is Sri Lanka’s way of saying thank you to India for helping the current Government to defeat former President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the last Presidential election.

Former Foreign Minister, professor G.L Peiris said that the decision to sign the ETCA agreement is not for economic reasons but rather political reasons.

“This is a way to pay off a debt,” Peiris claimed at a press conference today.

He alleged the Government is looking to mislead the public by claiming that it is going to sign ETCA to reduce the impact caused to Sri Lanka from Britain withdrawing from the EU.

The former Parliamentarian alleged that there needs to be an open discussion on the proposed deal with India before signing it.

He says the ETCA agreement is not transparent and the public have been kept in the dark about its proposed contents. (Colombo Gazette)


  1. Where was professor G.L Peiris when the foreign powers were dividing the SLFP to topple MR government. Professor G.L Peiris still thinks he is too smart, but blaming others. I wanted to meet him in person to ask this question, but he has been avoiding me. If you treat your fellow countrymen equally and do what is right to every citizen the enemies won’t be able to divide you that easily. You would not have lost the election; if you have given a decent position to Maithripala Sirisena instead of looking after your family members and friends.

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