JVP demands nullification of SOFA, ACSA following US- Iran tensions

The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) has urged President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to nullify the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) and the Acquisition and Cross Servicing Agreement (ACSA) signed with the USA following US- Iran tensions.

JVP Parliamentarian Bimal Rathnayake in a letter to the Rajapaksa today(9) said SOFA which was signed in 1995 and ACSA which was signed in 2007 and later extended by the UNP led government in 2017 must be cancelled to avoid being made a stakeholder in US’s war against the Middle East.

“The US may make Sri Lanka a stakeholder in the war against the Middle East and we should avoid this at all costs.”

“The SOFA and ACSA agreements give leverage to US forces to make Sri Lanka a military base,” Rathnayake said in the letter.

He added that the recent US killing of Iran’s top commander Qasem Soleimani was executed with privileges acquired through the 2014 SOFA agreement signed with Iraq.

“Many countries have compromised their sovereignty by signing SOFA agreements with the US. The President must put-forth a proposal in Parliament to cancel these agreements and JVP would offer its full support,”Rathnayake said.

Rathnayake however noted that it would not be an easy task for Sri Lanka to remove itself out of the two agreements given the US’s recent attitude over the resolution passed by Iraq’s parliament to expel foreign troops.