Oppose LEMOA Agreement with US

04 October 2016
THE Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA) signed by Modi government with the US on 29th August during Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar’s visit to Washington provides automatic approval for the two militaries to share each other’s bases for various operations. These include port visits, joint exercises, joint training etc; other uses are to be discussed on a case-by-case basis. It will accelerate India- U.S cooperation in the Asia-Pacific joint operations. This agreement has been a controversial one, and two previous governments – led by A.B. Vajpayee and Manmohan Singh – did not sign it due to strong people’s opposition, though it has been on the table since 2002. Signing of this agreement was opposed by democratic forces from the beginning as it is nothing short of a military alliance and it also amounts to allowing US virtual bases in Indian military-naval-air force facilities. It is an open compromising of India’s strategic interests. It is a surrender of whatever sovereignty is left.

The CPI(ML) Red Star severely condemns the signing of this agreement which strengthens the subservient stand of India as a junior partner of US imperialism. It calls on all party committees to organize protest actions wherever possible without delay with the slogans: Throw out LEMOA! Down with US imperialism! No Junior Partnership to US!
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