Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama yesterday told local mediamen there was no need to react to what was said and heard in the British Parliament. `What is debated in British House of Commons is not the opinion or the standpoint of the British Government,` Bogollagama said.
Asked whether there was any truth in rumours that LTTE`s S. P. Thamilselvan would be given an opportunity to address the British House of Commons, Bogollagama said that he did not believe that the British High Commission in Colombo would give a visa to a terrorist to enter the UK.
The Foreign Minister said that the requirement for obtaining Foreign Ministry approval for diplomats and foreign organisations to visit the Eastern Province had been revoked from 3.00 pm yesterday.
Diplomats or representatives of foreign organisations did not have to seek the prior approval of the Foreign Ministry to visit the Eastern Province as the security forces had cleared and removed all security threats, he said.
`In the aftermath of the LTTE attack on the diplomatic corps two months ago, I was constrained to advise diplomats that to travel to operational areas, including the Eastern Province, would require the permission of the ministry. Today, the Government has decided to exclude the Eastern Province from areas needing prior approval to visit,` he said.