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SL Navy blocks aid to Tamils from Diaspora

July 9, 2009

The Sri Lanka Navy and Sri Lanka Government, in contravention of the agreement they made with the Govt of India on 24 June 2009 (http://meaindia.nic.in/cgi-bin/db2www/meaxpsite/coverpage.d2w/coverpg?sec=pb&filename=pressbriefing/2009/06/24pb01.htm), has once again blocked the humanitarian relief from the Tamil diaspora. We are awaiting details of the incident.

The humanitarian relief aboard the MV Captain Ali was unloaded and handed over to the Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS) for transport to the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society (SLRCS) on 5 July 2009.

The humanitarian relief was thoroughly searched by Indian Police and Customs using metal detectors and “sniffer” dogs as it was unloaded. Indian Customs cleared the cargo and the two passengers aboard the ship were allowed to leave the ship at 3:30AM 5 July 2009.

The humanitarian relief was packed (“stuffed”) into 27 containers and on 6 & 7 July the 27 containers were loaded aboard the MV Cap Colorado (IMO number: 9143104, Flag/Nationality: Malaysia;Oowner: Anglo Eastern Ship Management).

The MV Cap Colorado sailed for Colombo, Sri Lanka at 10:00 AM and is due to berth in Colombo in the early morning of 9 July 2009.

The MV Cap Colorado is carrying 27 containers from the Indian Red Cross Society (handed over by Mercy Mission as per the instructions of the Indian External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna on 24 June 2009) and over 300 from other commercial shippers.

EXTERNAL AFFAIRS MINISTRY STATEMENT 24 JUNE 2009:
“I also requested the delegation that as a humanitarian gesture, the Sri Lankan Government allow the ship Captain Ali to off load the relief items on board meant for IDPs in Northern Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankan delegation kindly agreed to our suggestion and these would now be routed to Sri Lanka through the Indian Red Cross.“
External Affairs Minister SM Krishna
New Delhi
24 June, 2009

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