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Monday, 13 June 2016 - 14:45
Indonesia Refuses To Allow Stranded Lankans To Disembark Boat
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Indonesia is refusing to allow a group of illegal Sri Lankan asylum seekers to disembark from a boat which reached Indonesian waters over the weekend.

The boat with 44 Sri Lankans who claim to be headed for Christmas Island remains marooned in bad weather off the Indonesian province of Aceh, foreign media reported.

Indonesian authorities have provided the Sri Lankans with food but will not let them disembark because they do not have passports or valid travel documents.

There were 44 men, women and children claiming to be from Sri Lanka on board, including one pregnant woman.

The Sri Lankans claimed they had been forced to stop en route to Australia because their engine had been overheating, although Lhoknga military commander Major Darul Amin said a team of technicians sent to examine the engines found nothing wrong.

The Sri Lankans, who told the Indonesian authorities they had come from India, were reportedly keen to continue their voyage to Australia and Indonesia wanted them out of its waters.

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