Aussie-SL joint working group on human smuggling meets today
Australian Navy Chief, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs has discussed ways and means of enhancing ongoing joint Australia-Sri Lanka effort to combat human smuggling.
Australian High Commission spokesperson said that Aussie navy chief’s participation at the Galle Dialogue 2012, where he had the opportunity to meet Sri Lankan Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa was in line with Australia’s interest in further boosting maritime security in the region. Vice Admiral Griggs was in Galle at the invitation of Navy Commander Vice Admiral J.S.K. Colombage.
The spokesperson quoted Vice Admiral Griggs as having expressed his appreciation for Sri Lanka’s cooperation in joint efforts to combat people smuggling. The two sides discussed ways in which they could build further on this cooperation, the official said, pointing out that Australian navy chief’s visit took place ahead of the first meeting of a new Joint Working Group on people smuggling and transnational crime scheduled to take place today (Dec 17) in Colombo. Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Senator Bob Carr will lead the Australian delegation.
A senior External Affairs Ministry official told The Island that their effort was an example to those who had allowed pro-LTTE Tamil Diaspora to exploit loopholes in laws for the benefit of bogus refugees. Over the past four months Australia deported about 800 Sri Lankans
By Shamindra Ferdinando
December 16, 2012