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Ex Aust High Commissioner to SL writes…

June 1, 2009

ABC : Kicking the ants nest
The Australian High Commission in Colombo has reported developments with the bias and language that Canberra has wished to hear. With scant regard to the realities of the situation on the ground in Sri Lanka, the Australian Department of Immigration insisted on the High Commission obtaining Sinhalese police clearances in relation to Tamils applying for refugee status. Thus notified, the police and army could then persecute any remaining family members in Sri Lanka.

Reporting by the High Commission in Colombo was so poor that when working on the Refugee Review Tribunal from 1995 – 2000 I found I could not rely on DFAT reports in arriving at a decision.

…The Sri Lankan government wants to crush what they term the ‘rebel Tamils’, which is not a prescription for integration of the traumatised Tamils into mainstream Sinhalese society. Sinhalese chauvinism and racism is unlikely to admit Tamils as equals.

The solution was always for a separate Tamil state. However this outcome will need to be negotiated by third parties as the effect of the horrible Sinhalese crushing of the Tamils will spawn another generation of suicide bombers and guerrilla fighters, just as it has done with the Palestinians.
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