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UNP vehemently denies MCC committee report allegations

The United National Party (UNP) has refuted allegations leveled against the former Yahapalanaya government by the MCC review committee headed by Professor Lalithasiri Gunaruwan.

“According to media reports, Gunaruwan’s report alleges that US 10 million was provided by the MCC to the then government following the signing of two agreements with the MCC in 2017 and 2018. However, Gunaruwan goes on to state that there is no record of these finances at the Finance Ministry,” the UNP said in a statement.

The US Embassy in Colombo has categorically denied that the MCC has released any funds to the Sri Lankan government, the UNP added.

“This official denial by the US government has called into question the credibility of the report, and suggests that the President and the government is using official resources to slander the UNP during an election period.”

“The SLPP used these baseless accusations during the presidential election , and have once again resorted to these same shameless tactics to mislead the voters.”

“During the 2015-2019 Yahapalanaya government , several preparatory agreements were signed , these agreements were produced before parliament for scrutiny and debate,” the UNP added.

However, during the Covid-19 outbreak the Rajapaksa government has received financial and medical assistance from several international organisations and countries including the world bank , the EU and the US.

The UNP said the  government has failed to publicly declare the exact amount they have publicly received, and  what these funds and supplies have been used for.

“We urge the government to publicly state whether they will be signing the MCC agreement , and if they are not they must inform the public of their final decision.”