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SL should give VISA to International media - UK

2013 Jul 16

British Govt says that it is expecting that the Sri Lankan Govt would issue VISA for all the international journalists who has obtained permission to cover the Commonwealth heads of state summit which will be held in Sri Lanka.

Deputy minister for foreign and commonwealth affairs Mr. Alasteir Bert mad this comment made this comment in a discussion with the BBC Sandeshaya.

Meanwhile producers of the "No fire Zone" movie accuse that the Sri Lankan Consul General in Sidney Australia, Bandula Jayasekara has threatened the film directer that he would not be allowed to travel to Sri Lanka during the Summit. 

Minister Bert said that he has heard about many other journalists who claim that they would not be given VISA to enter Sri Lanka.

He however says that it is the responsibility of the commonwealth secretariat's office to grant permission to journalists to cover the event.

He said the he hopes that the journalist would be allowed not only to cover the event, but also to travel in the countryside free of barricade.

He emphasized that it is very important that the SL Govt definitely issue visa to any person who has been granted permission to report the event by the Commonwealth secretary, despite whatever the normal procedure is.  

But when asked about what can be done if such a thing happens, Minister said that he cannot comment on things which has not yet happened.

Pointing out that despite the few atrocities made upon some British citizens, Sri Lanka is a safe passage to tourists and businessmen, Minister Bert says that the tourists must compulsorily refer to the instructions given to them by the Ministry before engaging in SL tours.

-BBC Sandeshaya

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