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By Leon Berenger
Sri Lanka’s envoys in New Delhi and Chennai have expressed strong concern to the Indian authorities over mounting anti-Sri Lanka activities taking place mostly in the south of that country, a top official said. External Affairs Ministry Secretary Karunatilleke Amunugama said the envoys had taken up the matter with the authorities in New Delhi and Chennai and sought appropriate security and protection for Sri Lankans visiting or living in that country.
Security had also been beefed up at Sri Lankan centres including places of religious worship mainly in the north of India and the diplomatic missions in New Delhi and Chennai, he said. “At present, we are not thinking of putting up a travel advisory, but the developing ground situation is being closely monitored and our envoys are in regular contact with the authorities in Colombo,” Mr. Amunugama said.
However he said visitors including pilgrims and traders and visitors must be cautious when in India. “The incidents that have taken place so far are not serious and we are satisfied with the security and cooperation offered by the Indian authorities,” Mr. Amunugama added.
Wasantha Silva, a pioneer in handling pilgrims to Buddhagaya said the recent developments in India had so far not deterred visitors from travelling to that country but they were anxiously watching the situation. Mr. Silva said security arrangements provided by the Indian authorities were adequate and that was encouraging to keep the tours on the move.
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