A draft of US defence pact proposed to the Maldives, but leaked to media a few days ago, should open the eyes of Tamils in the island of Sri Lanka, in Tamil Nadu and in the diaspora, on the game played by the USA along with the Establishments in the region, either by exploiting or by treading on the struggles of peoples in the region, commented alternative political activists in the Sinhala military occupied country of Eezham Tamils. Maldivians had made a mistake in not checking their governments supporting the genocide of Eezham Tamils abetted by the USA, India and China. It reflects on them now. Meanwhile, Global Tamils should know where the struggle of Eezham Tamils should ultimately be addressed to in unison, and what ideological stand they should independently take with people’s strength, the activists said.
PDF: Leaked draft: US-Maldives-SOFA [courtesy: http://www.dhivehisitee.com/images/US-Maldives-SOFA-draft.
The US defence draft was in fact seeking to convert the entire Maldivian archipelago into an unquestioned US base: Free movement of US defence personnel in the land, air and sea of the Maldives, use of the Maldivian territory for US installations and technological deployment built by its own contractors, no boarding and inspection on US aircraft and vessels, border control of the facilities vested with the USA, diplomatic status to the US military personnel and there by no action by Maldives against any criminal activities of them, no claim by Maldivians on any death or destruction to property, and above all not taking any disputes to any national or international court, tribunal or similar body or any third party.
The current US draft aims at a worse infringement into the sovereignty of the nation of Maldivians than what the protectorate treaty of British colonialism did in 1885, Maldivian sources said.
A full perusal of the draft would show what the USA is aiming at in the region.
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