The opposition has rejected claims by the government pertaining to the handover of 85 oil tanks in Trincomalee to India through an agreement.
Speaking in Parliament today, Parliamentarian Lakshman Kiriella said 15 of the 100 tanks within the Trincomalee oil tank farm were given to the Lanka Indian Oil Company while the remaining 85 tanks were to be developed jointly by Sri Lanka and India.
He said however it did not materialise and Sri Lanka continues to own the tanks in Trincomalee.
Minister of Energy Udaya Gammanpila in response said in 2003, an agreement was reached with India over 99 oil tanks.
Parliamentarian Kabir Hashim then accused Minister Udaya Gammanpila of deceiving the House and the public.
He said only a Memorandum of Understanding was signed in order to reach an agreement in six months.
MP Hashim said the agreement was not signed as proposed and therefore the LIOC is holding the tanks illegally.
He questioned as to whether the government will take over the oil tanks once again.
Minister Gammanpila then claimed an agreement has been signed and not a MoU as claimed by opposition MPs.
He said the opposition should table the MoU in Parliament.
Minister Gammanpila claimed he will table the agreement in the house within the day.
Minister Gammanpila stressed an agreement has already been signed while a lease agreement has not been penned.