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Sri Lankan PM beefs up security and calls for ‘all communities to provide maximum support’

Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister urged “all communities” to help keep the crisis on the island under control, after days of riots against Muslim, led by Sinhala Buddhists in Kandy.

“I urge all communities including Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims to control this tense situation and provide maximum support to ensure a secure environment for all the people,” said Ranil Wickremesinghe, in a special statement on Wednesday evening.

Despite days of rioting which led to travel warnings from the United Kingdom, United States and Australia, Mr Wickremesinghe insisted that “the rest of the country is relatively calm”.

He said that Sri Lanka’s Area Commander Central Province Major General Rukman Dias was coordinating defence activities in the province and that “reinforcements have also been sent”.

“The armed forces, the Special Task Force and the Police have been deployed throughout the Kandy District,” he added.

See more from ColomboPage here and Daily Mirror here.