Sri Lanka denies intrusion of airspace by US jets

A report earlier claimed that American aircraft had illegally entered into the country`s territory.

Updated: Aug 10, 2011, 22:03 PM IST

Colombo: Sri Lanka on Wednesday said US fighter
jets had not violated its oceanic air space - days after a
report claimed American aircraft had illegally entered into
the country`s territory.

"The investigation carried out by officials have shown
that the alleged air operation had taken place outside Sri
Lanka`s sovereign air space," Priyankara Jayaratne, the
minister of civil aviation, informed the parliament.

Jayaratne`s comments came a day after the US Embassy
refuted local media reports on Aught 3 that a squadron of 10
US fighter jets violated the country`s air space.

The minister said he was making the statement as failure
to clarify speculative reports may cause tension on the good
relations with Sri Lanka`s friendly states.

The opposition JVP or the People`s Liberation Front on
Monday urged to bare the truth of an alleged intrusion of Sri
Lankan air space by US fighter craft.

The tracking station atop Piduruthalagala the nation`s
highest elevation had allegedly spotted the US aircraft -
believed to be a jet squadron from the US seventh fleet.

The JVP wondered if the intrusion was caused by the 2007
signing of the Acquisition and Cross-Services Agreement (ACSA)
between the US and Sri Lanka which provides for among other
things logistics supplies and re-fuelling facilities.

PTI