One of these was the provision requesting a waiver for the visit of US personnel to Sri Lanka under Sri Lankan law. Another was a clause that would put the agreement into effect through a “change of notes.” Marapana also pointed out that the Sri Lankan government (GSL) failed, as part of this agreement, to agree clauses to obtain diplomatic privileges and immunities for U.S. personnel (defined as members of the U.S. military and civilian members of the U.S. Department of Defense). The Sri Lankan government recognizes that U.S. forces may need to use the radio spectrum. The U.S. Department of Defense is authorized to operate its own telecommunications system. These include the right to use the necessary means and services to ensure the full operating capacity of telecommunications facilities.
The use of radio spectrum is free for the U.S. government. These remarks are a little dishonest. Under the proposed agreement, “Sri Lanka accepts as valid all professional licenses issued by the United States, its political subdivisions or its member states… Dayasiri Jayasekera told Parliament in January. “This means that they are not controlled or controlled by Sri Lankan law enforcement officers, including a traffic officer,” said the SLFP MP. The proposed sofa is intended to request the abandonment of licence fees, taxes, customs duties and other duties for U.S. employees and to allow entry into Sri Lanka without a passport, instead of using U.S.
identification documents. There is nothing “reciprocal” about all this. “The Sri Lankan government recognizes the special importance of U.S. disciplinary control over U.S. personnel and therefore authorizes the U.S. government to exercise criminal responsibility for U.S. personnel during its time. However, as Samaranayake points out, proposed defence pacts with the United States tend to be controversial in the first place. That is what happened, for example, with India, when the United States followed logistics and communication pacts. “New Delhi has finally concluded these agreements,” she notes.
“… the U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. personnel are not required to pay similar taxes or taxes within Sri Lanka. The U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. personnel may import, export and use personal effects, equipment, accessories, equipment, technology, training or services related to activities under this agreement to Sri Lanka.