Trouble in Sri Lanka reaches a head

Hotel News - 18/05/2009

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Situated to the south of India, the picturesque island of Sri Lanka has been in turmoil since 1983, when the Tamil Tigers began their violence rebellion for independence in the state of Tamil.

Although the battle has been going on for many years, tourists have been able to visit Sri Lanka as the unrest was mostly limited to the state of Tamil and a few other ‘danger zones’.

However, as the fighting comes to a head once more, soldiers fighting on behalf of the Sri Lankan government have seized the last remaining stretch of coastline still under the control of Tamil Tiger rebels. Velupillai Prabhakaran, leader of the Tamil Tigers, is believed to be in this last conflict zone and his arrest is anticipated. It is believed that this will soon end the fighting, which has been going on for more than a quarter of a century, claiming as many as 70,000 lives and separating children from their families.

As most of Sri Lanka’s citizens hold their breath and wait to see what will happen next, tourists are asked to refrain from visiting the country until a result is reached. It can only be hoped that Sri Lanka’s years of conflict will soon be at an end.

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