The Ceylon Petroleum General Employees Union has strongly refuted the statement by Minister of Energy Udaya Gammanpila claiming the oil tank complex in Trincomalee was owned by India.
Issuing a statement the Union strongly condemned the statement as false.
The statement added it raises fear among trade unions and the general public.
The Union said Minister Gammanpila on several previous occasions informed union members that the oil tanks were not legally handed over to India thus far.
The Union added such statements will allow India to gain full control over oil distribution, within a short time period.
While explaining all matters raised during the media briefing by Minister Gammanpila, the Union said everyone must join hands to safeguard national resources, as the oil tanks are in the possession of the government.
A special discussion was held yesterday between Leader of the Opposition Sajith Premadasa and several trade unions, regarding the Trincomalee oil tank farm.
Speaking to media following the discussion, Chairman of the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation National Workers Union Samitha Asitha said Minister Udaya Gammanpila recently said the oil tanks in Trincomalee were sold through the Indo-Lanka agreement in 1987, and there was nothing to be discussed.
He added however that the Minister’s statement was not true and no sale of the oil tanks were mentioned in the agreement.
Samitha Asitha said Minister Gammanpila also lectured Ven. Omalpe Sobhitha Thera of lying, claiming it was Minister Gammanpila who was the liar.