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Sri Lanka's high commissioner in Australia has endorsed the Coalition's policy of turning around asylum boats as the most effective deterrent to people-smuggling.

Sri Lankan authorities arrested 131 would-be refugees heading to Australia at the weekend, after intercepting fishing trawlers off the island's east coast.

High commissioner Thisara Samarasinghe, a former navy chief, said turning vessels around at sea and sending them back to where they came from was the most effective deterrent for asylum-seekers.

“Turning the boats around will deter people,” Admiral Samarasinghe told ABC radio. “I mean that is a physical barrier ... they know that they can't leave Sri Lankan shores.”

Admiral Samarasinghe said once boats were turned around at sea there was “no other way” for asylum-seekers to attempt to reach Australia. “They are not well educated, they don't have money.”

Australian Tamil Congress spokeswoman Varuni Bala said sending back asylum-seekers back to Sri Lanka was cruel. “To address these issues, they should come to a genuine political solution,” Ms Bala told The Australian Online.

While most asylum-seeker boats originate in Indonesia, there has been a recent spike in attempted crossings from Sri Lanka.
Immigration Minister Chris Bowen said Australia faced different challenges than Sri Lanka in turning around boats.

“If you turn a boat back either in Australian waters or in international waters, under international law they must be brought to the nearest port of call by the rescuing authority,” he said.

That could entice asylum-seekers to sink their boats to prompt a response from Australia's maritime rescue body, he said. “That is not the case in Sri Lanka ... just as it's not the case with any other disruption activities by a home country,” Mr Bowen said.(The Australian)


Sri Lankan navy successfully turns back boats, says envoy (Credit: ABC)
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  • Ekanayaka Tuesday, 17 July 2012 12:51 PM

    As the old saying goes rats only leave a sinking ship. What a disgrace that these poor wretches should risk their lives in a watery grave just to get out of the country. There must be something terribly wrong in the 'island of .serendipity'

    Samantha Monday, 16 July 2012 08:14 AM

    Real Issue = People are comming from Boats
    Real Solution = Stoping the boats comming through prpoerty monitoring by using both countiers NAVY effectively

    #Sim Monday, 16 July 2012 08:16 AM

    Find out why people are leaving the Wonder of Asia.

    Ruwan Monday, 16 July 2012 03:53 AM

    Best solution is sink few boats with people... without teaching a lesson this cannot be stopped...

    wot to do Monday, 16 July 2012 03:55 AM

    The HC is nice and comfortable in Canberra together with his Government buddies in Colombo,what about the boat people? Same can't be said of them.
    Even if lankan departed boats want to go to Africa,let them go instead of corraling them in Lanka and would be boat people looking out to sea everyday.

    Niranjan Monday, 16 July 2012 10:50 AM

    This is a another war criminal talks about asylum seekers

    Free Monday, 16 July 2012 11:05 AM

    What about rescuing them and sending them straight back in proper 'prison' ships and drop them back here? Then no worries with the buru laws.

    Sampath Monday, 16 July 2012 11:14 AM

    If you give them FREE food & FREE accommodation (like in "X-mas Island" !!) ..THEY DON'T LEAVE!!

    Samantha Monday, 16 July 2012 04:49 AM

    This issue should be handle very diplomatically and need a joint effert from the both countries This kind of statements will not solve the real issue

    DN Monday, 16 July 2012 12:49 PM

    Yes need to send them back to Sri Lanka or give part from Aussies Northern territory.

    Tikka Monday, 16 July 2012 05:17 AM

    Wonder why there are no boats coming from Australia as asylum seekers to Sri Lanka?? Can any just person answer that question!

    maju Monday, 16 July 2012 05:37 AM

    there are more n more ppl leaving sl from the educated to the uneducated....

    Rv Monday, 16 July 2012 05:51 AM

    if you did't know by sinking the boats only they claim they have no means to return and all documentation is lost.

    Dee Monday, 16 July 2012 05:52 AM

    then what will happen to the aussie politicos who back these illegal economic refugees? they might loose their seats! please be considerate.

    DireStraits Monday, 16 July 2012 05:54 AM

    The "real issue" being ?

    idiot Monday, 16 July 2012 06:29 AM

    Be human mate. It is better to resolve the problems that make them leave Sri Lanka.

    disgusted Monday, 16 July 2012 06:41 AM

    Because Sri Lanka is the Emerging Wonder of Asia.

    Reader Monday, 16 July 2012 03:59 PM

    Yes, they come from a developing to a developed country. Reasons are largely economic.

    Vicks Monday, 16 July 2012 06:45 AM

    Many Sri Lankan boats arrived Australia in the recent past. They have a better journey than the old boats as they are well stocked and better directed. The story is that the Sri Lankan government makes up stories about a number of boats to establish a better name from the Australians. They have to show that we stopped many boats, but few slipped through. The slipped through boats were organised by none other than.....

    Cobra Monday, 16 July 2012 07:01 AM

    Ruwan, try to go to Australia legally if you can!


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