Given the strong opposition to it, it may seem bleak for Sri Lanka and the United States to reach an agreement on SOFA. It appears that the SOFA agreement gives the US military, with impunity, unlimited access to Sri Lankan soil. I would not want to annoy readers with the worn-out rhetoric about the impact on Sri Lanka`s sovereignty as a whole. I would like to draw the attention of those concerned to the impact that the intrusion of American warships into sri Lanka`s territorial waters in the northeast will have on Sri Lanka`s sovereignty to the north and east. If these and other clauses of the agreement are not an indication of a future military presence, what other conclusions could be drawn? Great grammatical errors make fun of this „agreement.“ Serious misinterpretations would lead to ambiguities. 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. All of these agreements contain provisions for far-reaching changes to what Sri Lankans are not used to in agreements with other countries. Agreements, including SOFA and ACSA, would not require regular extensions, as was previously the case. It means they are there for eternity. If this is true and the public cannot know whether these assertions are true or false, since they are not publicly available agreements, the current generation and the many to come would be linked to what is in these agreements.
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.