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Saturday, 23 February 2013 - 13:34
UN Commends SL navy
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The United Nations refugee agency commended the Sri Lanka Navy for rescuing 32 Myanmar nationals last Saturday and another 138 boat people earlier this month.

In a media briefing in Geneva on Friday, the UNHCR spokesman Andrej Mahecic commended the quick action of the Sri Lankan navy in rescuing the group of 32 Myanmar nationals and providing them immediate medical attention.

Mahecic said the UNHCR was concerned about the growing number of people dying in the Bay of Bengal after setting out by boat in search of safety and better lives in other countries, including desperate ethnic Rohingya from Myanmar.

Sri Lanka Navy on February 02 rescued a group consisting of 127 Bangladeshis and 11 Myanmar Nationals who had been stranded at sea for 10 days. The group included 132 men, 3 women and 3 children.

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