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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2731

Leave immediately - British nationals in the North and East of Sri Lanka are warned

London, 20 October, ( : British Foreign and Commonwealth office has warned its citizens in Sri Lanka to leave immediately from the North and Eastern provinces. "If you are in the north or east, you should leave at the first available opportunity."

The warning adds, "There is a high threat from terrorism in Sri Lanka and therefore an increasing risk of British nationals and other foreigners becoming caught up in attacks. These attacks are not confined to north and east; recent attacks have also taken place in central and southern Sri Lanka."

In a travel Advisory to its citizens in Sri Lanka, Foreign and Commonwealth office has adviced its citizens against all travel to north and east.

"We advise against all travel to the north or east of Sri Lanka. If you are in the north or east, you should leave at the first available opportunity."

The travel advisory clarifies, "For the purpose of this travel advice, we consider the north to be all areas north of the A12 road (which runs from Puttalam in the west to Trincomalee in the east) including the Jaffna peninsula: and we consider the east to be the districts of Trincomalee and Batticaloa, as well as coastal areas of Ampara district north of Panama and east of the A25 and A27 roads, including Ampara town and Arugam Bay."

The Travel Advisory has also pointed out; "There are reports of heavy fighting throughout the north and east. This has included the use of ground forces, artillery fire, mines, air and naval attacks. Further fighting could occur with little or no warning."

"“You should follow local developments closely."

They are told to be aware of their surroundings and alert to changing situations.

The travel advisory cautioned, “You are strongly advised to comply with government and security force instructions. Avoid large gatherings particularly political meetings or demonstrations.”

British nationals in Sri Lanka are advised to avoid military installations which have been the most frequent target of attacks.

Annually 90,000 British nationals visit Sri Lanka. British Foreign and Commonwealth office cautionary note said that British High Commission in Colombo could be approached for Consular assistance for replacing lost or stolen passports and ill health.

- Asian Tribune -

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