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The Sri Lankan government has warmed the international community that granting asylum or refugee status on perceived claims of persecution would only be a covert encouragement for illegal and irregular migration.

Deputy Minister of External Affairs Gitanjana Gunawardena said that Sri Lanka, has enhanced surveillance in intercepting illegal trafficking in the high seas, especially in curtailing trafficking of persons and goods smuggling by small boats.

He told the 17th ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) in Hanoi Vietnam that solutions to the illegal and irregular migration problem should include transparent policies by originating, transit and receiving countries to discourage illegal migration and irregular movement of people.

“Granting asylum or refugee status on perceived claims of persecution would only be a covert encouragement for illegal and irregular migration. Hence, security networks and policing of territorial waters alone may not be able to prevent the illegal movement of people and illicit trade,” he said.

The Deputy Minister also highlighted the ability of terrorist organizations to operate by exploiting cross border linkages, and to have easy access to sophisticated and advanced technologies.

He therefore emphasised the importance of marshalling collective efforts to curtail transnational operations of terrorists, including financing of illicit activities by Diaspora groups and sympathizers.

“No country or region would be entirely free and safe of the scourge of such threats and associated illicit activities” without collective efforts”, he said.

He also reiterated the importance of abiding by the time tested principles of non-interference in the internal affairs of one another as well as the mutual respect for sovereignty, territorial integrity and national identity of all nations.  (Daily Mirror online)
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  • B.B. Marasingha Monday, 26 July 2010 03:49 AM

    A warning similar to nuclear attack by North Korea?

    Fayz - Qatar Monday, 26 July 2010 04:40 AM

    I am a university degree holder, your govt. has not been able to give me a job, all jobs go for the politicians (unqualified) supporters only. for that reason i've stayed a long time abroad. i will not get a peacefull life in sri lanka.

    Ananda S Monday, 26 July 2010 05:11 AM

    Well said, Mr. Deputy Minister!, Tamil Tiger terrorists are infiltrating Western world using these falls and illlegal refugee status

    Wasantha Sunday, 25 July 2010 12:12 PM

    Mr. Deputy Minister, Is this not an unnecessary interference to the sovereignty of the international community.

    True Sri Lankan Sunday, 25 July 2010 01:10 PM

    Then why can't the government stop Negombo Mudalalilas who are running this business.

    Senior Citizen Sunday, 25 July 2010 02:19 PM

    How did Karuna go England with Sri Lanka govt. passport & Visa obtained by false declaration with govt. connivance.

    Fazal - Sydney Tuesday, 27 July 2010 05:05 AM

    Dont offend the Vietnamese as they were the first people to arrive in boats as asylum seekers to countries like Australia, Canada and USA after the war in Vietnam just like the Sri Lanka Tamils today.

    Palitha Heenthotuwa Sunday, 25 July 2010 03:11 PM

    The only way to stop this is to prop up the local economy and increase the opportunities for youth.

    Channa Sunday, 25 July 2010 03:54 PM

    International community should stop Bogus asylum seekers....

    Davidson Panabokke Sunday, 25 July 2010 06:11 PM

    If aid agents are not allowed to help the suffering IDPs, if the Northeast is getting more and more militarised, if journalists and foreigners have to get MOD clearance, then the Tamils are fleeing the something that is being hidden from the rest of the world:

    Rattapakse Monday, 26 July 2010 09:09 AM

    Asylum seekers are from all three major communities of Sri Lanka.

    Anand Sunday, 25 July 2010 06:40 PM

    Then dont register us and not treat as separate people.

    raj Sunday, 25 July 2010 06:58 PM

    Scared of witness against war crimes?

    Sk Sunday, 25 July 2010 07:23 PM

    I totally agree with Government of Sri Lanka. So please take steps stop these boat rides.

    Akilan Sunday, 25 July 2010 09:25 PM

    We all expected that the quality of life for the Tamils in the North and East would improve after the war. We all have to be honest that Tamils live in open prisons because they are surrounded by thousands of soldiers day and night. Private properties , schools and other public places are still occupied by the security forces. Not sure who is doing but allegations of rape and disappearances are very common in The North and East. It is not just Tamils , even the Sinhala, Muslim people are no longer safe in this country. We all know what happened to the gentleman who stood at the presidential election and got more than 4 million votes. This country is not safe for many people. So why is the Government warning the international community. International community know very well, what is happening in Sri Lanka.

    Raj Kumar Sunday, 25 July 2010 10:10 PM

    GOSL should have said this many years ago. Since 1983 99% of the Tamil Diaspora sought refugee status in the Western World adopting this particular ruse,

    Mathan Sunday, 25 July 2010 11:30 PM

    Anyone believe this? May be KP!

    anura Monday, 26 July 2010 12:31 AM

    As long as tamils are not treated second class citizen , they deserve political asylum, West is clear on this .govt propaganda is not going to work . UN have to say it

    Faqi Monday, 26 July 2010 01:29 AM

    It is our governments responsibility to stop people leaving our shores and not the responsibility of other countries to stop them.
    This is like putting the blame on the householder for being robbed and not the robber.

    sena Monday, 26 July 2010 02:23 AM

    We have to find out why people are leaving the country for good even after war is over using deadly, unpredictable methods. Skilled and appearingly financially stable people too leave the country in large numbers 'legally'.

    Another Sri Lankan Monday, 26 July 2010 02:32 AM

    International community force countries to look after their boarders in order to stop illegal migration.

    On the other hand, some countries who want to increase their population accept illegal migration.

    So, it is double standard.

    lk observer Monday, 26 July 2010 02:45 AM

    Julia Gillard take note !!!!

    Lamaya Monday, 26 July 2010 03:44 AM

    Give all the asylum seekers room at Angoda.................


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