Reasons for Suspicion The McC Sri Lanka Compact states that “the proposed pact will aim to help Sri Lanka address two major obstacles to economic growth: (1) inadequate infrastructure and transport logistics planning and (2) lack of access to land for the agricultural, tertiary and industrial sectors. The Pact is expected to address these restrictions through two projects, the transport project and the campaign project. The campaign project has aroused distrust from many Sri Lankans. Among other things, the fact that none of these agreements, the MCC Sri Lanka Compact, SOFA and CASA were presented to Parliament, and the fact that what had been submitted to cabinet by SOFA and the ACSA agreements was clearly less their annexes, was reason enough to arouse such suspicions. Sri Lankans, however, remain skeptical. Part of the problem lies in the fact that there is “little information in public opinion” about the “specificities” of the agreements. If these and other clauses of the agreement are not an indication of a future military presence, what other conclusions could be drawn? In addition, he expects the Sri Lankan government to facilitate the transfer of our sovereignty to the United States in order to fulfill its wishes without interference from the Sri Lankan government. U.S. officials involved in the project, as well as contractors and other staff working with the U.S. government, may enter or leave the country without the control of Sri Lanka`s border security authorities.
On duty, all foreign employees wear their official uniforms. They do not pay taxes and are exempt from customs control. The most dangerous aspect of the SOFA agreement is that Sri Lanka becomes a logistics centre that will enter into service in the event of war with the United States. As a logistics centre, it allows the United States to use Sri Lanka without restrictions or objections from the Sri Lankan government or its people. The political issue of SOFA is complicated by the fact that many host countries have mixed feelings about foreign bases on their soil and that SOFA renegotiation requests are often linked to calls for a total withdrawal of foreign troops. Issues of different national practices may arise – while the United States and host countries in general agree on what constitutes a crime, many American observers believe that the host country`s judicial systems offer much lower protection than the United States and that the host country`s courts may be under pressure from the public to be found guilty; In addition, U.S. service members who are invited to send shipments abroad should not be forced to waive their rights under the Rights Act. On the other hand, observers of the host country who do not have a local equivalent of the law of rights often feel that these are irrelevant excuses for special treatment and resemble the extraterritorial agreements demanded by Western countries during colonialism.