But the statement, endorsed by all 15 member nations on Wednesday, was issued to the press rather than at a formal meeting or in a legal document. Ambassador John Sawers: "This is an important step forward by the Security Council.... Hundreds were reported killed after government troops attacked a narrow strip of northeast beach territory in an effort to surround the rebels.
Security Council finally spoke out on the tragedy in Sri Lanka, telling the government to stop firing heavy artillery at civilians in a war zone and the Tamil Tiger rebels to "lay down their arms" and allow non-combatants to leave the conflict area.
Full media release HMAS Newcastle makes goodwill visit to Colombo The Royal Australian Navy Adelaide class frigate, HMAS Newcastle, arrived in Colombo on Tuesday 14 November 2017 for a four day goodwill visit.
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Australia has been a close friend and partner of Sri Lanka since before independence.
We have a diverse and strong relationship across many areas.
The Australian Government notes the Maldives Supreme Court ruling on 1 February 2018, requiring the release of opposition leaders and reinstatement of elected members of parliament.
As an Indian Ocean friend, the Australian Government calls on all parties to respect the rule of law, the independence of the judiciary and the Supreme Court’s decision.
Australia is also a major donor of development assistance to Sri Lanka.