JVP hails foreign troops’ assistance
The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna has hailed the services of foreign troops including the US teams which assisted in relief and rehabilitation work following the tsunami disaster.

JVP leader Somawansa Amarasinghe in a statement said that they were hailing the services of foreign troops including India, US and Pakistan who sent members of their armed forces without weapons to help Sri Lanka.

"Usually armed forces entering a country was a threat to the sovereignty of the country, but sending of unarmed troops to help a country which is trying to rebuild after a major catastrophe cannot be seen as a challenge to the sovereignty of the country", he said.

"We should have foreign relations which respect the mutual friendship and respect and not foreign relations which are of the nature of an invasion. We remain to maintain that stance and view this as a base to have mutual friendship", he said.

"Therefore we do not have any hesitation in hailing the services of the unarmed forces which offered a hand of friendship to Sri Lanka", the statement said. Mr. Amarasinghe said that Sri Lanka was willing to offer its services whenever another country faces any disaster.

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