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The External Affairs Ministry yesterday said that the Sri Lankan government as a policy had discouraged illegal travel and would further use all possible modes to dissuade illegal asylum seekers, while claiming that it needed more time to study the ban on such asylum seekers.

“The Sri Lankan government has always been against this sort of activity, as much as it is illegal it outs the lives of those travelling through boats at very great risk.

Therefore as a policy we have taken all measures to dissuade people from taking such drastic measures to seek refuge,” Ministry Secretary Karunathilake Amunugama said adding that the declaration made by the Australian Prime Minister would also serve the purpose of discouraging potential illegal asylum seekers.(Hafeel Farisz)

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  • Kumara Saturday, 20 July 2013 04:44 AM

    I guess you "need time and space"; the usual story.

    Prefezzer Pszilva Saturday, 20 July 2013 04:40 AM

    The only way to stop Sri Lankans from taking boats to Australia is to remove the misery Sri Lankans have to put up with.

    OMG Saturday, 20 July 2013 04:46 AM

    Make the Miracle of Asia thing a reality Australians will take boats to Sri Lanka.

    Belisol Saturday, 20 July 2013 05:17 AM

    [‘Govt. always discourages illegal travel’]
    really; Ask Karuna if thats true?

    lal Saturday, 20 July 2013 05:20 AM

    The best way to put a stop boat arrivals is for Australian government to deport diaspora activists who encourage and sponsor this activity.

    Indi Saturday, 20 July 2013 06:04 AM

    Is it the misery of the Sinhalese or Tamils #PrefezzerPszilva?

    Porky Pig Saturday, 20 July 2013 06:39 AM

    You mean by boat. We all know how one went to the UK on a forged passport issued by the Sri Lanka government. Sri Lankans memories are short or talk from an orifice that has no teeth.

    Javi Saturday, 20 July 2013 07:02 AM

    Really, then how every week one boat in Australia

    Mason Saturday, 20 July 2013 07:51 AM

    Let there be peace and democracy prevail. Lessen the burden of cost of living and let State jobs and other opportunities be available on MERIT. Let the Tamils be treated as BROTHERS and SISTERS . Illegal travel and asylum seekers will be of the past.

    Rata Haraka Saturday, 20 July 2013 09:40 AM

    Only Sinhalese and Tamils in Sri Lanka? What about the other communities? Are they a non-entity, Mr. Indi?

    Amdon Saturday, 20 July 2013 01:47 PM

    Aney pala do yanna...

    Dilshan Saturday, 20 July 2013 03:41 PM

    This man Amunugama says this now. But while he was the ambassador in Japan, he and his wife's closest pal was an illegal trader who was once deported and returned to Japan with a new name ! Wow, Amunugama has forgotten the past.

    Jehan S Sunday, 21 July 2013 09:54 AM

    Why should it be illegal to leave a country?? It is a human right to leave your country if you're fed up with it. It's not the government's business where you're going. Why should you have to tell the government where you're going?

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