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Abbott’s Sri Lanka comments ‘excuse war crimes’, Tamil refugee advocates say

Tony Abbott and former Sri Lanka president Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in 2013. Sri Lankan refugee groups say Abbott’s comments about the government’s actions in its long-running civil war were ‘predictable but despicable’.

The former prime minister Tony Abbott has excused war crimes in comments that the Sri Lankan government’s actions in its civil war were “probably unavoidable”, Tamil refugee advocates have said. In an article in Quadrant magazine Abbott defended his national security record as prime minister: “I’m sure that the Sri …

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