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The Canadian authorities are monitoring a ship with some 300 refugees on board believed to be operated by the LTTE and heading to Australia via Thailand, Canada’s Globe and Mail reported.

According to the report the federal scrutiny of the ship, known as the Sun Sea, is a rare example of Canada's “pushing-borders-out strategy,” a tactic that is meant to prevent a repeat of a massive asylum claim that occurred last fall.

Last October, 77 Tamil asylum seekers from Sri Lanka arrived on the shores of British Columbia in a vessel alleged to have been controlled by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. After being jailed for several weeks in Canada, the claimants were freed pending hearings.

In the interim, federal agents dispatched to foreign shores have been on the lookout for a sister ship run by the same alleged Tamil Tigers smuggling operation reputed to have up to 300 refugees aboard.

This is the Sun Sea, also known as the Harin Panich 19 (HP19), and details about its journey are murky. What is known is that Canadian police and spies have formed partnerships with counterparts in Australia and Southeast Asia to watch out for the ship, now believed to be in the Gulf of Thailand.

The original fear was that the vessel could be bound for Canada, with Tamil asylum seekers looking to take advantage of the country's refugee system. As things stand, there are few more hospitable places in the world. On Wednesday, the Australian newspaper reported “300 asylum seekers on the way.”

Canadian officials speak guardedly about their role in the investigation.

“The government of Canada’s strategic approach with respect to migrant vessels includes efforts abroad that involve stopping illegal migrant-smuggling ships that are destined for Canada at their points of departure,” Lisa Monette, a spokeswoman for the Department of Foreign Affairs, told The Globe last month.

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  • Wednesday, 09 June 2010 08:02 AM

    Why are they seeking Australia and going in the direction of canada ?

    Missed the road ?

    Wednesday, 09 June 2010 10:26 AM

    Since the war is over and most countries know about it. It should not be a matter of concern. Let them come paying their way to the west ONLY to be DEPORTED back to SL. COZ there is NO fear to live anywhere in SL. If they are economic refugees accept them BUT not political refugees. For almost 30 years have they abused the political assylum system.

    Wednesday, 09 June 2010 03:03 AM

    DO THESE JOKERS EVER LEARN??

    Wednesday, 09 June 2010 03:23 AM

    Tigers will abuse the humanitarian approach to genuine asylum seekers.

    Wednesday, 09 June 2010 03:25 AM

    Who came there was all we educated people because we wont to be riche nationality in Sri Lanka with in 5yaears time thanks for your cooperation for last one year time given target to send educated people now done …Nirmeli Batticaloa

    Wednesday, 09 June 2010 03:26 AM

    War has ended in Sri Lanka but not the VISA war.

    Wednesday, 09 June 2010 03:31 AM

    I guess CNN and BBC will make a huge scene out of this. Amnesty International and Human RIghts Watch will say that this is a violation of the so called 'human rights' that they preach. And channel 4 will make another blockbuster movie out of it!!! Quite a lucrative business, it is.

    Wednesday, 09 June 2010 03:47 AM

    Kevin Rudd must be waiting with open arms to welcome these frauds to the " Land of Former Convicts".

    Wednesday, 09 June 2010 03:55 AM

    I am glad to see Canada taking a stand against the LTTE. Toronto is a little Jaffna.

    Wednesday, 09 June 2010 04:14 AM

    send it to north korea

    Wednesday, 09 June 2010 04:25 AM

    Torpedo the ship. These terrorists have no place in the west.

    Wednesday, 09 June 2010 04:31 AM

    These disgusting criminals have ruined Sri Lanka and now are heading to West to ruin those countries.

    Wednesday, 09 June 2010 01:41 PM

    I guess if Sri Lanka geared to accommodate minorities then the tragic story of boat people expedition will stop. These boat people are really the messengers who tell the ground in Sri Lanka.

    Wednesday, 09 June 2010 05:06 AM

    There is no need for the Canadians to worry about this ship carrying 300 so called refugees. Australians are awaiting with open arms to accept them!

    Wednesday, 09 June 2010 01:42 PM

    War in ended..but injustice to minorities didn't..

    Wednesday, 09 June 2010 05:24 AM

    Yes, Australia can afford them, It is a large country , wealthy, with much space uninhabited.Take them. Good riddance!

    Wednesday, 09 June 2010 05:26 AM

    So, at long last, they seem to be aware that LTTE owned ships are engaged in people smuggling operations!

    Wednesday, 09 June 2010 06:23 AM

    any thing Tamil is Tiger

    Wednesday, 09 June 2010 06:48 AM

    This is not new,These peoples are a payng lot of money to the agent to go away from sri lanka,but sure there is also some indian and bangalidesh and pakistans and other countries citizens in the boat...... the war finished but still peoples are going away from Sri lanka

    Wednesday, 09 June 2010 07:06 AM

    Australia and Canada need more people without skills, education and cannot speak English to do their menial jobs and live in own community ghettos with no knowledge of the outside world. Paradise gained !


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