The Sri Lankan government has lifted its travel ban issued to Sri Lankans visiting Tamil Nadu the Ministry of External Affairs said.
Issuing a statement the ministry commended the comment made by Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu J. Jayalalitha that the state government of Tamil Nadu is determined to ensure that Sri Lankan visitors to Tamil Nadu are not harmed in any way.
The ministry also said:
“Following a series of unfortunate incidents faced by Sri Lankans visiting Tamil Nadu, in particular a group of Sri Lankan pilgrims visiting the Poornimatha Church in Thanjavur in early September 2012, the Government of Sri Lanka was compelled to issue a travel advisory for Sri Lankan nationals visiting the state of Tamil Nadu.
The Government of Sri Lanka views these incidents as an aberration, and acknowledges that Sri Lanka nationals numbering approximately 200,000 who visit India every year are received warmly in India, including in Tamil Nadu.
The Government of Sri Lanka is pleased that the Government of India, in close consultation with the concerned state governments, has taken and will continue to take all measures to ensure the safety, security and wellbeing of Sri Lankan dignitaries and visitors to all parts of India including Tamil Nadu.
People-to-people contact plays an important role in the multifaceted India-Sri Lanka relationship, especially in further promoting historical, cultural and political ties as well as economic and business relations. The Government of Sri Lanka is of the view that this age-old natural process of interaction between our two peoples must flourish, unhindered.
In this context, the Government of Sri Lanka appreciates the comment made by the Hon. Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu that the state government of Tamil Nadu is determined to ensure that Sri Lankan visitors to Tamil Nadu are not harmed in any way.
The Government of Sri Lanka has received a large number of requests to lift the Travel Advisory. The Government of Sri Lanka believes that the Travel Advisory is no longer required.”
That's a shame a ban just for a few weeks, what have they done for the effected people and are people gatunteed safety? Just aknowlegding assurance and lifting a ban, that's silly!
Saskia Tuesday, 09 October 2012 08:39 AM
First, ask SL government what they have done to the war affected people in SL. There are still people living elsewhere because their land has been occupied by SL forces.
RF Tuesday, 09 October 2012 08:59 AM
After this ban was imposed we saw little or no intefearance by the so called TN jokers. Hope they have learnet a lesson??
Lobo Tuesday, 09 October 2012 10:43 AM
Saskiam, its morons like you that keep the 'racialism' flag flying with your warped, narrow-minded and demented mentality.
Sameer Tuesday, 09 October 2012 11:40 AM
Mind your business Saskia.... SL in in peace and that big for us and SL forces are NOT occupied a nother nation but they are protecting our nations... Tamils are living in peace you come to Colombo all bog houses are Tamils ,, so dont talk nonsance you go to TN and we SL are not safe in TN where they still love terrorist.
MTNB Wednesday, 10 October 2012 04:10 AM
But official she (CM) didn't announce , just in a openning ceremony,
Abdul Wednesday, 10 October 2012 09:35 AM
expect more humiliation from tamil nadu immigration. once they humiliated our hiphop artist iraj for being a sri lankan.
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