In a statement issued today to clarify a speech he had made this week, the Prime Minister said that the Sri Lanka Navy is moving its Southern Command to Hambantota and there is no need to be frightened as security of the Hambantota port will be under the control of the Sri Lanka Navy.
The Prime Minister’s office said that at the Dr. Saman Kelegama memorial conference held yesterday the Prime Minister stated that he negotiated with Prime Minister Li and President Xi of China and came up with a proposal on the Hambantota port which was beneficial for both parties.
“Sri Lanka also informed the Chinese that Hambantota cannot be used for military purposes. The Sri Lanka Navy is moving its Southern Command to Hambantota. There is no need to be frightened as security of the port will be under the control of Sri Lanka Navy,” the Prime Minister’s office said.
The Prime Minister’s office further said that once an American had asked the Prime Minister what he will do if Chinese troops land in Hambantota.
The Prime Minister has responded saying that there is a full army division stationed at Hambantota.
“The Prime Minister never mentioned that we will not be resisting any invasion. Further, no Navy in the region has the capacity to land an army division in Sri Lanka,” the Prime Minister’s office said in the statement.
The statement said that as far as the Hambantota port is concerned it will only be a commercial port which will trigger off much needed economic development of backward districts of Hambantota and Monaragala very soon. (Colombo Gazette)