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Cablegate: Travel Warning - Sri Lanka

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UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 STATE 064109

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: CASC ASEC CE
SUBJECT: TRAVEL WARNING - SRI LANKA

1. This Travel Warning provides updated security
information and alerts American citizens traveling to or
living in Sri Lanka about the continuing danger of
terrorist attacks throughout the country. This supersedes
the Travel Warning for Sri Lanka dated February 8, 2008.
2. The Department of State urges American citizens to
evaluate carefully the risks of travel to Sri Lanka and
specifically warns Americans against travel to northern
and eastern areas of Sri Lanka. Since early January 2008,
fighting between the Sri Lankan military, paramilitary
groups and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has
increased, and bomb explosions in densely populated areas
have killed dozens of civilians, including in some areas
frequented by foreign tourists. Although there is no
specific indication that American citizens or institutions
have been targeted, there is a heightened risk of American
citizens becoming victims of violence just by being in the
wrong place at the wrong time. American citizens who
decide to travel to Sri Lanka despite this Travel Warning
should be aware of their personal surroundings and follow
prudent security practices. Americans should avoid large
crowds and public gatherings and should particularly avoid
political rallies, military bases, and government and
military vehicle convoys, which are frequent targets of
LTTE attacks. Americans are also strongly advised against
using public transportation in Sri Lanka, as civilian
buses and trains have increasingly been the targets of
terrorist bomb attacks in recent months. U.S. Government
personnel are currently prohibited from using these modes
of transportation.
3. On June 6, 2008, 22 civilians were killed and 70
injured by an anti-personnel mine aimed at a passenger bus
in Colombo. The same day, two more people were killed by
another anti-personnel mine detonated in a passenger bus
in Kandy. On May 31, 2008, a grenade attack on a bus stop
in Wellawatta killed two people and wounded 10. On
February 3, 2008, 14 civilians were killed and
approximately 100 were injured when a suicide attacker
detonated an explosive device inside the main railway
station in Colombo. The same day, seven were injured when
a grenade was detonated at the Dehiwala Zoo in Colombo.
On February 2, 2008, a bomb on a bus from Kandy, headed
for Anuradhapura, exploded in Dambulla and killed 18
civilians and injured over 50. On January 8, 2008, a
government minister was killed and several persons were
injured when his vehicle was attacked on the road between
Colombo's international airport and central Colombo. In
2007, the LTTE also attacked an Army camp in Yala National
Sanctuary, and the Katunayake Air Force Base in Colombo
was attacked by LTTE aircraft, causing brief suspension of
operations at the adjacent Bandaranaike International
Airport. Foreign tourists were not specifically targeted
in these attacks and none were injured.
4. While the government has effectively controlled the
eastern part of the country since July 2007, security is
not yet assured. Some LTTE members and larger numbers of
armed paramilitary members are active in the area, leading
to instability and incidents of violence. This situation
is likely to continue for some time. Americans are
particularly warned against travel to LTTE-controlled
areas in the north, which may pose severe hazards.
5. Official travel by U.S. Government personnel to areas
north of a line following the highway from Puttalam
through Anuradhapura to Polonaruwa, Bibile, and Pottuvil
in the northern and eastern parts of Sri Lanka is
restricted, and unofficial travel is prohibited.
6. Americans should comply with all instructions from
security forces and police when traveling in Sri Lanka.
American citizens, including those of Sri Lankan origin,
whether living in Sri Lanka or traveling there even for
only a few days, are strongly urged to register with the

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Embassy. Registration will allow the embassy to provide
direct information on the security situation as
necessary. Registration is done on-line and can be done
in advance of travel at
https://travelregistration.state.gov/ibrs/. Information on
registering can also be found at the Embassy website:
http://srilanka.usembassy.gov or at the Department of
State's Consular Affairs website:

http://travel.state.gov/travel/tips/registrat ion
/registration_1186.html

7. As the Department continues to develop information on
any potential security threats to U.S. citizens overseas,
it shares credible threat information through its consular
information documents, including the Worldwide Caution,
available on the Internet at http://travel.state.gov. In
addition to information on the Internet, travelers may
obtain up-to-date information on security conditions by
calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the U.S. and Canada
or, outside the U.S. and Canada, on a regular toll line at
1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m.
to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except
U.S. federal holidays).
8. Minimize considered.
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