The dangers of such an agreement seem obvious. Its claims, if granted, would amount to a flagrant violation of sovereignty. Indeed, would the inclusion of a category of foreign service personnel, armed and above the law of the country, not transform the entire Sri Lankan population into second-class citizens in their own country? Two major arguments have been made against this agreement. The first is that the campaign project means that the sri Lankan government-owned country will be available to the U.S. government for purchase. The second argument is that the GCC agreement is an attempt to undermine Sri Lanka`s national security. While the two claims of MCC Resident Country Director Jenner Edelman (12 years) have been disputed, there remains a suspicion. Indeed, Sri Lanka is often cited as a case study of debt trap diplomacy in the region and it is legitimate to say that the government should be vigilant in reviewing the terms of future development agreements. However, when verifying publicly available information, the ICC grant does not involve the leasing or transfer of ownership to Sri Lankan lands and does not require Sri Lanka to rem rem payment of any of the grant amounts until the agreement is explicitly violated. It is a standard guarantee, characteristic of international assistance agreements, to ensure that subsidies are used exclusively to achieve the pact`s objectives and do not fall into the wrong hands. Other concerns include the construction of a physical economic corridor, links to the sofa and CASA agreements, the acquisition of Sri Lankan land by the United States. In cases where they may be billed by the U.S. Department of Defense, the agreement requires that the fees be no more than what the Sri Lankan military pays.
“The discussion policy agreement appears to be aimed at streamlining procedures for authorizing the U.S. military`s visit,” said Nilanthi Samaranayake, director of strategy and political analysis at CNA, a non-profit research organization in the Washington area. Two defence cooperation agreements between the United States and Sri Lanka, the acquisition and cross-service agreement already signed (ACSA) and the under-negotiated Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA), are causing concern, criticism and controversy on the Indian Ocean island.