The US Embassy in Colombo said that the controversial Memorandum of Understanding entered into by the embassy and the Trincomalee Urban Council was confined to the establishing of a joint public information and activity centre known as an ‘American Corner’.
A spokesman for the embassy said The Trincomalee American Corner will provide similar services to the American Corner at the Kandy Library, opened in 2005 with the municipal council, and the American Corner in Jaffna, opened in 2011.”
The spokesman further said that the centre was to provide access to current information to the population in the region.
However, The Trincomalee Urban Council decided to suspend the Memorandum of Understanding signed with the US Embassy in Colombo to open an American Information Centre in Trincomalee.
D.M. Sarath Abayagunawardana the Chief Secretary’s Secretariat of the eastern Provincial Council added that this decision had been taken based on notice issued by the provinces governor as well as the chief minister.
Meanwhile the External Affairs Ministry Secretary Karunatilaka Amunugama said that a special investigation has been launched into the MOU.
The investigation will also cover American corners opened in Kandy and Jaffna.
According to Amunugama the Trincomalee Urban Council did not process the legal right to sign an MOU with a foreign embassy devoid of informing the External Affairs Ministry.