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Australian Tamils protest Sri Lankan foreign minister Rohitha Bogollagama's visit in Canberra PDF Print E-mail

canberraprotest0.jpgMore than thousand Australian Tamils protest as Sri Lankan foreign minister Rohitha Bogollagama visits Australia and justifies Sri Lankan Government's Genocidal war against minority Tamils to Australian Foreign Minister, today 14th October 2008, sources said. ABC Radio report said, "Several hundred supporters of a separate Tamil state in Sri Lanka have demonstrated outside the National Press Club in Canberra while the Sri Lankan foreign minister was inside the building."  One protester said that his relatives are some of the 250 000 tamils starving in Vanni and exposed to Sri Lankan Government's indiscriminate attack on civilians. He rubbished Rohitha Bogollagama's recent comments and accused Sri Lankan Government for its expulsion of UN Aid Agencies from Vanni ( Kilinochchi ) and preventing aid work to feed the starving kids and families.

 

Australian foreign minister Hon Stephen Smith MP in a press relase dated 13 October 2008 said, "I also raised the Australian Government’s concerns about the ongoing violence in Sri Lanka and the worsening humanitarian situation. Australia’s view remains that Sri Lanka’s conflict cannot be resolved through military means alone. All parties to the conflict must work towards a political solution that meets the legitimate aspirations of all Sri Lankans. It is essential that Government agencies and international organisations continue to work together to ensure those who flee the fighting are able to get access to essential support in a way that preserves their dignity, their family structures and their human rights. "

Mainstream Print Media, TV and radio stations in Australia recorded the protest and provided coverage.

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