Canada missed chances to stop migrants
Apr 3, 2011 8:00:00 PM - aussieindolanka.com
Canada and its allies missed several opportunities to stop the MV Sun Sea before it left South Asia with almost 500 Sri Lankan Tamil migrants on board, a National Post investigation has found.
The closest call was on May 9, when the Royal Thai Navy, acting on intelligence supplied by Australia, detected the Sun Sea in the Gulf of Thailand. But the ship was let go because it was outside Thai territorial waters.
Another chance came later in May, when the ship was reported to be having engine trouble in Cambodian waters. Canada asked for Cambodia’s help but Phnom Penh would not intercept the vessel, an official said.
The UN Refugee Agency also said it had received a fax purportedly from a Sun Sea passenger in July. The letter said the ship was destined for Canada with hundreds of Sri Lankans but was having engine trouble. The agency was unable to verify the letter’s authenticity.
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