Britain revises Sri Lanka travel warning

Sri Lanka's state minister of defence Ruwan Wijewardene (L) takes part in a press conference in Colombo on April 24, 2019. - A Sri Lankan security dragnet hunting those responsible for horrifying bombings that claimed more than 350 lives has scooped up a further 18 suspects, police said April 24, as pressure mounted on politicians to explain why no one acted on intelligence warnings. (Photo by ISHARA S. KODIKARA / AFP) (Photo credit should read ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images)

July 3, 2009 (LBO) – Britain has eased a travel advisory to Sri Lanka’s east but has warned of rising ant-British rhetoric amid an upsurge of nationalism and possible detentions of people of ethnic Tamil origin. “This has led to violent protests against the British High Commission and other diplomatic premises.”

Though Tamil Tigers have been crushed Britain said “terrorist attacks may occur”.

The statement said the government continued to maintain a state of emergency and heightened security measures such as checkpoints remained, and there were detentions “particularly of people of Tamil ethnicity.”

Britain continued advice against all travel to the north of the country but tagged most parts of the East with the “all but essential travel” label following the crushing of Tamil Tiger separatists in May.

British travelers were no longer advised against visiting Trincomalee town, Yala National Park’s ‘block’ one area, and popular surfing destination Arugam Bay.

But Britain’s Foreign and Commonwealth office said there was politically motivated violence, abductions and criminality “throughout the country” as well as a rise in anti-British rhetoric.

“The end of the military conflict has s