While claiming that remnants of the defeated Tamil terrorist organisation - the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, are involved in the people-smuggling business of bringing Sri Lankan boat people to Australia, Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Professor G. L. Peiris says it is absolutely clear that the people leaving Sri Lanka are not genuine refugees but economic migrants.
“These people have now been shown that they have nothing to gain by endangering their lives and using up their life savings, since they are not genuine refugees. If they were genuine refugees, why would they not go to India? It’s so much closer. . .” he had questioned.
While expressing these views during a long interview in Sydney this week, he had also requested Australia to proscribe the LTTE as a terrorist organisation, making any support to the terrorist organisation from Australia illegal. The LTTE is a proscribed terrorist organisation in Europe and North America but, perversely, not in Australia.
In the interview, Prof. Peiris had stated although the war between the Sri Lankan government and the LTTE is over, Tamil Tiger networks still intimidate Tamil families in the diaspora and extort money from them, while also engaging in a range of other criminal activities. He had also said that people-smuggling has long been a key revenue raiser for the Tamil Tigers. “People-smuggling should not be seen in isolation. . . It is connected with other forms of criminal activity such as money laundering and narcotics.” (The Australian)
Comments - 23
Chena Sunday, 23 June 2013 01:46 AM
we have evidence in Australia that the people paid money to Army camp and stayed in army camp before their departure from SriLanka and guarded by navy upto the mid sea when they travel.
Roger Sunday, 23 June 2013 02:53 AM
your right Prof with the Aid of the KING
truthteller Saturday, 22 June 2013 07:33 AM
So Min.GL wants every immigrants travel to Aussie n agents sending them to be labeled and sue? Nice step to justify this act to others.
ravi Monday, 24 June 2013 05:41 AM
try your luck Uncle Peris. You are shamed to be Lay Professor. What happend to your Secretary Sharni, came through your ticket and now gone home.Don't worry one day you will become a refuge in Australia.Tiger leaders are with you in Srilanka KP, Karuna and Douglas etc. So Arrest them and put them in Jail.
kole Saturday, 22 June 2013 07:43 AM
Abdul Saturday, 22 June 2013 07:46 AM
Truths Exposed! Australia learned it practical lesson. These People are economic migrants.
Grace Saturday, 22 June 2013 07:54 AM
Realize the ground realities as to why not only Tamils but also Sinhalese are going to the West as refugees.
aafi Sunday, 23 June 2013 04:45 AM
Australia is not in the west
CROW Saturday, 22 June 2013 02:55 PM
PLEASE UNCLE SING A NEW SONG !
ss Saturday, 22 June 2013 03:27 PM
Thanks for accepting that LTTE is not defeated !
kautilya Saturday, 22 June 2013 09:06 AM
To win the confidence of the Aus PM to attend CHOGM
unchikun Saturday, 22 June 2013 09:16 AM
We were told loud and clear that the LTTE was distroyed. My I adress you as the Absent Minded Professor.
as Saturday, 22 June 2013 03:40 PM
O! My God,
hasitha Saturday, 22 June 2013 09:44 AM
Which part of "remnants of the defeated Tamil terrorist organisation" did you not understand?
Yuri Saturday, 22 June 2013 04:59 PM
Australia saying some one son is doing !!!
sen Sunday, 23 June 2013 06:42 AM
What happened to this guy? behaves like a puppet now, every one know who is doing this.
anonymous Saturday, 22 June 2013 06:47 PM
Who smuggled 'Karuna' to UK?......I am an ordinary human being with no Oxford degree but not an ignorant foolish professori like you.
Harish Saturday, 22 June 2013 06:48 PM
Hai srilankan citizen plz understand ltte are not terrorist freedom fighter
Rehman Saturday, 22 June 2013 06:54 PM
Srilanka is genocide country
wasim Saturday, 22 June 2013 06:54 PM
OSSIE Saturday, 22 June 2013 11:09 PM
Mervyn will sort this out with one foot !
OSSIE Saturday, 22 June 2013 11:11 PM
Very good for Aus .......... Let us all go there now, as poor LTTE fellows ?
Danny Sunday, 23 June 2013 12:00 AM
Funny Australian government suspects ministers are involved? Maybe the LTTE ones in the government via DM iPad app
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