North CM, Aussie envoy hold talks

DM_20130717_A009Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran had talks with the Australian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Ms Robyn Mudie in Jaffna today.

The Australian High Commissioner was in Jaffna on a visit when she met Wigneswaran to discuss the latest developments in the North.

A wide range of issues were discussed but the details were not immediately made available to the media.

Australia has been a strong critic of attempts to launch an international investigation in the country over the human rights issue.

However recently the Australian Government had said it will push Sri Lanka to implement the recommendations of the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) and to engage with domestic and international stakeholders to advance an effective and transparent reconciliation agenda.

Brett Mason, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs in Australia, in a letter to the Australian Tamil Congress, said that Australia will also continue to urge Sri Lanka to ensure that all allegations of serious international crimes committed by both sides to the conflict are investigated and prosecuted in a transparent and independent manner.

Mason was responding to queries raised by the Australian Tamil Congress on Australia’s policy on engagement with Sri Lanka.

The Australian Senator said that the recent listing by Sri Lanka of some Tamil diaspora does not constrain the freedom those groups have in Australia to operate in accordance with Australian law.

He had noted that Australia strongly supports the right to freedom of expression and do not consider the targeting of Tamil diaspora organizations and individuals conducive to reconciliation in Sri Lanka