The Government today insisted that the US has not sought to establish a military base in Trincomalee.
The opposition raised concerns in Parliament over alleged moves by the US to establish a military base in Sri Lanka.
Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP) leader Douglas Devananda told Parliament today that it was reported the base was going to be established in Trincomalee.
However Leader of the House Lakshman Kiriella insisted that there was no such move and that the US Embassy in Colombo had also issued a statement on the matter.
However some opposition Parliamentarians demanded a debate on the allegation.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe responded saying the Government is prepared to debate the matter in Parliament.
On Sunday the United States had rejected claims it was in the process of establishing an army camp in Sri Lanka.
The US Embassy in Colombo had said that a base had never been a part of the US relationship with Sri Lanka nor have there ever been discussions aimed at establishing one.
US Embassy Spokesperson Nancy VanHorn said that the claims were categorically false.
“The US Embassy is aware of erroneous reports that the United States intends to establish a military base in Sri Lanka. These reports are categorically false. While the US-Sri Lanka military partnership has included disaster preparedness and relief, maritime security training, and exercises to enhance interoperability, a base has never been a part of the relationship nor have there ever been discussions aimed at establishing one,” she said. (Colombo Gazette)