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Jul-05-2011 14:27printcomments

Sri Lanka: MOD to Allow Foreigners' Travel to Northern War Zone Area

It seems clear that the fallout over the mass killings in the north has come to roost on Sri Lanka's doorstep.

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(COLOMBO) - It wasn't long ago that we watched an al Jazeera news crew receive a closely guided tour of the former Tamil areas in the north of Sri Lanka, where somewhere in the neighborhood of 100,000 human beings were killed by government forces in the culmination of a two-decade long civil war.

Now, word is released that the Sri Lanka Ministry of Defence has lifted a imposed pre-travel restriction exclusively for foreign passport holders. The new rule went into effect 4th June, 2011.

According to Military Liaison Officer Officials, foreign pass port holders are no longer required to produce a MOD travel approval document at Omanthai entry/exist point- the main travel checking point located in Vavuniya.

"As normalcy is flourishing in the country we see that travel restrictions to foreign passport holders as no longer required", the official stated commenting on the latest move.

According to the MOD press release, "This is a definite sign that the country is heading in the right direction with the rapid reconciliation and development taking place in Wanni and North he further said."

It seems clear that the fallout over the mass killings in the north has come to roost on Sri Lanka's doorstep. It was an interesting and tragic political move for a country that views itself as a tourism destination. It is a move that may benefit so many families still searching for missing loved ones.

The biggest blow to Sri Lanka's public image came from the Channel 4 documentary 'Sri Lanka's Killing Fields' which debuted recently, with a shocking and vivid recounting of the events that have devastated the Tamil population of this island country.

Sources:

Sri Lanka Ministry of Defence

Reuters article Sri Lanka lifts foreign travel ban to ex-war zone

Some of our past reports on the Tamil Genocide in Sri Lanka;


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