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The US has agreed to take 28 Sri Lankan Tamils from the 78 refugees rescued by the Australian Customs vessel Oceanic Viking in October. The remaining Tamil refugees are to be sent to New Zealand, Canada, Australia and Norway.

Australia has agreed to take three Cuban refugees from the US as part of a deal for the US to take the 28 Sri Lankan Tamil refugees, The Australian newspaper reported today.

The men were being held at the refugee detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, although the department insists they are not associated with enemy combatants also being detained at Guantanamo.

Immigration Minister Chris Evans denied the men's arrival was part of a swap to help farm out to other countries the 78 Tamil refugees rescued by the Customs vessel Oceanic Viking in October. A spokesman said US requests on refugees were considered on a case-by-case basis.

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  • Monday, 05 April 2010 04:51 PM

    Holy smokes.... they're swapping refugees likes kids swap those superhero cards! If you take my Cubans, I'll have some of your Lankans... deal?!

    What are you waiting for people... get on them boats!!

    Monday, 05 April 2010 05:09 PM

    Thank you President Obama!!!!

    Monday, 05 April 2010 05:09 PM

    Why are't they sent to the good countries like Burma, Libya, Iran, Venuzuela,and China?

    Monday, 05 April 2010 05:16 PM

    They are decent countries, These people can live in dignity,unlike in our Koli kuttu Republic.


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