Americans Urged to be Cautious in Traveling to Sri Lanka
WASHINGTON (AP) _ The State Department on Monday warned Americans to avoid unnecessary travel in Sri Lanka because of political tension and the widespread potential for violence in that island nation.
The travel advisory, which expands on an earlier warning, came the day after The New York Times published a story about a 30-year-old American tourist who disappeared traveling alone in Sri Lanka on March 28.
The parents of the woman, Sandra Valentine of New York, have tried to learn her whereabouts.
″There’s no area of the country that we would indicate people should go to without taking appropriate precautions,″ said Richard Boucher, the department spokesman.
The earlier advisory listed some areas as safer than others in the country where ethnic Tamil rebels are waging civil war.
Boucher said the case of Ms. Valentine is a ″symptom of the kind of things that can occur in the unsettled conditions, and the unsettled conditions are the reason that we’re putting out the travel advisory.″