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ABC Radio Asia Pacific Program – Abuse concerns over Sri Lanka envoy nominee

There is pressure on Australia to reject Sri Lanka’s nominee for its top diplomatic post in Australia because the candidate could be implicated in war crimes during the 2009 offensive that ended the war with Tamil separatists. Neither Sri Lanka’s high commission in Canberra nor the Australian government will discuss the issue. But Sri Lankan news reports say the nominee is the former head of Sri Lanka’s navy, Thisara Samarasinghe. Observers are concerned – this comes at the same time as Sri Lanka’s government has cut off direct talks with a United Nations panel on accountability for war crimes on both sides.

Presenter: Linda Mottram, Canberra correspondent
Speakers: Sam Pari, spokeswoman, Australian Tamil Congress; John Dowd QC, president, International Commission of Jurists (Australia); Bruce Haig, former Australian diplomat

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Australia Network News  – Envoy anger

ABC Radio Australia News – Sri Lankan admiral in Australian storm

ABC News – Tamils urge Australia to reject diplomatic nominee

The Age – Concern over Sri Lankan envoy

AAP – Tamils urge govt to reject Sri Lanka envoy

Canberra Times – War crimes cloud over envoy choice

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