Sri Lanka asylum seekers in limbo

Group stranded in Indonesian port for more than five months.

    For more than five months a group of nearly 240 Sri Lankan asylum seekers have been stranded in an Indonesian port.

    The stand-off began when their boat was intercepted by the Indonesian navy following a tip-off from Australia.

    The boat people, who are virtually cut off from outsiders, say they want to be resettled in Australia or overseas.

    But Australia argues that the boat was intercepted in Indonesian waters so the people are Indonesia's problem.

    Al Jazeera's Step Vaessen reports.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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