Sri Lanka Is Safe Says Government
By Easwaran Rutnam
The Government insists that Sri Lanka is one of the safest countries in the world following the end of the war with the defeat of the LTTE.
Senior Minister of International Monetary Cooperation and Deputy Minister of Finance and Planning Dr Sarath Amunugama, speaking at an event to mark SriLankan airlines joining the ‘Oneworld’ alliance last week, said that the country is now experiencing real peace.
He said that the opening of new highways and the construction of the Mattala Mahinda Rajapaksa International airport are part of the dividends of peace in Sri Lanka.
The Minister urged tourists to visit places like Hambantota and see what the country has to offer as a tourist destination and for investment.
However despite the Minister’s comments some countries still maintain travel advisories which state that Sri Lanka is not completely safe even after the war.
Some travel advisories have raised concerns over the security situation in parts of the North and more recently over criminal incidents faced by tourists visiting the South.