[Citation required] The same could be true in Sri Lanka, especially when the political election campaign is over. However, India`s efforts have been in vain. Moreover, given the increasing participation of Pakistani and Israeli advisers, India`s interest was necessary to show a lack of power.  India was unable to negotiate with Sri Lanka for an end to the crisis, and on June 2, 1987, it announced the dispatch of a convoy of unarmed vessels to northern Sri Lanka to provide humanitarian aid, but which was intercepted and turned back by the Sri Lankan Navy.  It is therefore not surprising that Sri Lanka has become an important battlefield for influence between great powers. Due to its proximity to India, Delhi considers Sri Lanka to be part of its sphere of influence and has prevented its strategic rivals from expanding their influence on the island. Despite this, China`s presence in Sri Lanka has increased severalfold over the past decade. Beijing`s growing role in Sri Lanka – which has notably succeeded in securing a 99-year lease on the port of Hambantota – stems from its need to protect its economic and strategic interests in the Indian Ocean. As far as the United States is concerned, its interest in Sri Lanka has increased, as has China`s growing influence on the island. On the other hand, the likelihood of Sri Lanka and the US reaching an agreement on SOFA may seem bleak at the moment, given the strong opposition. “The deal under discussion appears to be aimed at streamlining unblocking procedures for visiting U.S. military personnel,” Nilanthi Samaranayake, director of strategy and policy analysis at CNA, a nonprofit research organization in the Washington area, told The Diplomat.
Under fire for the secrecy surrounding CASA`s signing, Wickremesinghe tried to reassure Parliament in June that CASA 2017 is the same as the one signed a decade ago. It was renewed “without making any changes to its content,” he said. Sri Lanka has faced an increasingly violent ethnic conflict since the early 1980s. The origins of this conflict can be attributed to the island`s independence from Britain in 1948. At that time, a majority Sinhala government was set up to pass laws deemed discriminatory against the large Tamil minority. In the 1970s, two major Tamil parties came together to form the United Tamil Liberation Front (TULF), which began the agitation for a separate state of Tamil Eelam within the system in a federal structure in northern and eastern Sri Lanka that would grant greater autonomy to the Tamils. . . .