Aussie FM to discuss boat people issue

Australian Foreign Minister, Senator Bob Carr, who is to  travel to Sri Lanka over December 14-17, 2012 for talks with the Sri Lanka’s leadership will discuss aid, economic development, human rights and people smuggling issues.

the Australian Foreign Minister will have discussions with top officials including External Affairs Minister Professor G.L. Peiris.

Australia provides AU $47 million a year in aid to Sri Lanka, with a focus on education and the rebuilding of economic infrastructure following the end of the civil conflict in 2009. Past aid contributions include clearing of unexploded ordinance and land mines, rebuilding of around 5,000 homes and 23 schools and delivery of water and sanitation to nearly 44,000 people.

Sri Lanka is also an important regional partner in the fight against people smuggling, having disrupted more than 60 separate people smuggling ventures this year involving around 2,900 people.