Ship suspected with illegal immigrants:
Lanka, Canada on alert
The Sri Lanka High Commission in Ottawa and Security Agencies in
Colombo have been in close contact with authorities in Canada following
reports in the media about M/V Sun Sea which is reportedly heading
towards the East Coast of Canada carrying over 200 illegal immigrants
from Sri Lanka.
The High Commissioner in Ottawa Chitranganee Wagiswara met Canadian
Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Jason Kenney yesterday and
discussed mutual concerns on illegal immigration and human smuggling
from Sri Lanka which are linked to LTTE operations outside the country.
The High Commission also had extensive discussions with officials of
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Department, Citizenship and
Immigration Ministry Canadian Boarder Services Agency Royal Canadian
Mounted Police and Canadian Security and Intelligence Service.
The Canadian authorities were briefed on the activities of the LTTE
elements resorting to criminal activities through front organizations.
Their attention has been drawn to the threats to international and
national security arising from transnational crime which includes
terrorism, drug trafficking and human smuggling and the need for greater
international cooperation at the diplomatic as well as operational level
to combat these threats to national security.