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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2731

Australian Parliamentarians to visit Sri Lanka

By Sumane Liyanaarachchi - Sydney Australia

Canberra , 02 February, ( Australian Parliamentarians Don Randal and Senator Steve Hutchins are due to to visit Sri Lanka on a fact finding mission. They have been invited by the High Commissioner K.Balapatabandi.

Don Randall a Liberal MP is the Chair of the Australia - Sri Lanka Friendship Group in the Federal Parliament . Steve Hutchins, a Labor Senator is the Deputy Chair of the same group.

It is generally accepted that both these parliamentarians have made significant contribution to the peace process between Government of Sri Lanka and Tamil Tigers by revealing the true facts to the Australian public by addressing the federal parliament on the conflict of Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka.

Addressing the federal parliament in last year, Ron Randall blasted the LTTE saying “ “What I am telling the House today is that I intend, as an addition to my speech last week, to write to both the Foreign Minister and the Attorney-General to ask Australia consider proscribing the LTTE as a terrorist group.”

Randall said further, “ I will be suggesting to the Foreign Minister and the Attorney-General that they list the LTTE using the same model as the Canadian model, which has variations from the US model and variations from the British model.”

On the same floor Senator Steve Hutchins said “the Sri Lankan government and the Tamil Tigers have signed an agreement to put an end to using child combatants. UNICEF still receives reports of children being recruited by the Tamil Tigers.”

“These actions are not the actions of a group seriously attempting to consolidate peace whereas these are the actions of cold-blooded killers who are not interested in bringing to a conclusion the conflict that is tearing their country apart,” he further said.

Senator Steve Hutchins pointed out: “If they were serious, there would be no child soldiers, no suicide bomb attacks on civilians and no assassinations of members of the government. It is important to maintain pressure on this group to show them that these terrorist activities will not be tolerated and that they should return to the peace table.”

- Asian Tribune -

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