Lankapage Logo Recent Top Stories
CP 14 YEARS
Go Home Home Serving the Sri Lankan community globally since 2000
go to LankaPage.com

Leading News from Sri Lanka::

* Australian PM says Sri Lanka at peace and justifies returning Tamil asylum seekers back
Thu, Jul 3, 2014, 11:55 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

July 03, Colombo: The Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbot Thursday rejected the international criticism of its handling of Tamil asylum seekers and justified sending them back to Sri Lanka as the country is now at peace.

Speaking to Australia's 3AW Mornings, Mr. Abbott said it was no secret that Australia was turning back boats on the high seas but Australia always acted legally and morally at sea.

When he was asked whether the Australian government was sending asylum seekers back to the country they fled from, Mr. Abbott said Sri Lanka may not be an ideal society but it is at peace after the war.

''But I want to make this observation, Sri Lanka is not everyone's idea of the ideal society but it is at peace . . . a horrific civil war has ended. I believe that there has been a lot of progress when it comes to human rights and the rule of law in Sri Lanka.''

"We said before the election that one of the policy options that we reserve the right to use where it's safe to do so, is turning boats around," Mr. Abbott said.

He stressed that "the absolute priority of this government is to stop the boats." "We believe we are at all times acting within our international obligations."

."And it's no secret that some boats have been turned around," the PM said.

Australian media reported that 50 Sri Lankan asylum seekers on board one boat were asked just four basic questions by immigration officials via a teleconference, as part of a screening process.

Another boat with 152 Sri Lankan asylum seekers including 32 women, and 37 children has not been contactable since the weekend, indicating it may have been intercepted by the Australian Navy and handed over to the Sri Lankan Navy, according to Australian media reports.

It is understood the Tamil asylum seekers are likely to be handed over to the Sri Lankan navy.

However, the Australian government has refused to confirm the media reports that the asylum seekers have been handed over to Sri Lankan authorities.

ColomboPage - Recent 10 Stories
Tamil Nadu CM writes to Indian PM again on Sri Lanka Navy arresting 50 Indian fishermen
-- [2 hours ago]
Malaysian firm to invest in a hybrid power project in Sri Lanka's North
-- [2 hours ago]
Vatican confirms Pope's visit to Sri Lanka January 12 -15
-- [4 hours ago]
Students' Collective at Open University of Sri Lanka lodges a rights complaint
-- [4 hours ago]
Sri Lanka Election Commissioner to meet party secretaries tomorrow on Uva PC elections
-- [5 hours ago]
Conduct an audit regarding seized drugs, opposition asks Sri Lankan government
-- [6 hours ago]
Malinga decides to play for Mumbai Indians at CLT20
-- [6 hours ago]
Main opposition to visit Sri Lanka state enterprises without prior notice
-- [6 hours ago]
Sri Lanka Marxist party leader discharged from hospital after accident
-- [7 hours ago]
Coalition party of Sri Lanka n government to contest Uva PC separately

Copyright © 2000, 2014 by LankaPage.com (LLC) :
The news and other contents on ColomboPage are copyrighted property of LankaPage.com, LLC. Any unauthorized use of any information on ColomboPage may constitute a violation of copyright laws. You need written permission to reproduce, republish, post, transmit, broadcast or distribute, material from this site from LankaPage.com, LLC. However, news organizations or broadcasters in Sri Lanka may republish the news items in ColomboPage with proper acknowledgment to ColomboPage.