Britain urges citizens to leave Northeast
[TamilNet, Friday, 22 September 2006, 18:19 GMT]
Britain extended its travel warning Friday to include Amparai town and Arugam Bay as well as the rest of Sri Lanka’s North and East, citing “the continued deterioration of the security situation” there. “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 Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) said.
“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 FCO said.