CHOGM preparations - Australia pledges support
Australia has offered to assist Sri Lanka in organising the
Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in November.
The visiting Immigration and Citizenship Minister Brendan O’Connor
told a media briefing on Friday, “Through our own experiences we might
be able to share our insights on the best way to do it and that is
something we are likely to provide in the near future.”
Echoing the words of the Australian Foreign Minister Senator Bob
Carr, O’Connor said there was no doubt that Australia will attend the
upcoming international event in Sri Lanka.
His visit to Sri Lanka was part of their efforts to counter illegal
maritime arrivals from Sri Lanka and several other destinations. The
Aussie Minister hailed the Government’s efforts to prevent boats taking
to sea from here.
He said the issue of bogus asylum seekers and irregular maritime
arrivals was a ‘complex and regional challenge’ that needs
‘multinational arrangements involving countries of origin, transit and
He had told the External Affairs Minister during a meeting that
Australia was a supporter of Sri Lanka as the CHOGM host.
He also said that the Australian Government supported the LLRC
recommendations and called upon the Government to work through the
recommendations and have them realised fully.
“We believe it is important for the prosperity and stability of Sri
“Australia is a friend and we will always speak candidly to the Sri
Lankan Government about any concerns we have. We wish to see that the
future of Sri Lanka is one of peace, economic growth and stability,” he
said. The Minister was accompanied by Secretary, Department of
Immigration and Citizenship Martin Bowles.