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    Lanka to continue curbing illegal migration to Australia: Navy Chief

    July 11, 2014

    Sri Lanka is determined to curb illegal migration to Australia, Navy Chief Jayantha Perera said on Thursday (10).

    "We have deployed navy boats to prevent anyone going by boat illegally to Australia. We also receive intelligence information before the people make the boat journey," Vice Admiral Perera said.

     

    Perera, who took charge as the head of 58,000 strong Naval force last week, said the immigrants making risky journey to Australia were mere economic migrants. They attempt such moves to make more money partly due to ignorance, he said in the central town of Kandy. An example was the 41 people returned by Australia recently.

     

    The new Navy chief said Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott himself had said that Sri Lanka was a peaceful country and as such there was no need for anyone from the Island nation to go as illegal migrants.

     

    He stressed that his force would continue with its operations to curb illegal migration and this will soon come to an end.(KH/SI)

     

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