Stand on ECT: Govt yet to notify India
By Thameenah Razeek
The Sri Lankan Government is yet to inform the Indian Government regarding the Cabinet decision on operating the East Container Terminal (ECT) of the Colombo Port, as a wholly-owned container terminal of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority, Cabinet Spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella said.
Addressing the weekly Cabinet briefing yesterday (9), at the Government Information Department, Rambukwella said that up to now Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardene or Minister Rohitha Abeygunawardena had not made any attempt to officially inform the Indian Government about the decision.
The Indian High Commission, in a statement, called on Sri Lanka to abide by previous agreements and honour its commitment to developing the ECT Port with India, Japan and Sri Lanka.
The statement follows a Press release issued by the office of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa which said the Government was planning on keeping the ECT entirely in Sri Lankan hands.