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* Sri Lankan students in Crimean universities are safe, External Affairs Ministry assures
Tue, Mar 4, 2014, 09:23 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 04, Colombo: Sri Lankan students studying in Crimean universities are safe and the Sri Lankan mission in Russia, concurrently accredited to Ukraine, is closely monitoring the situation, the External Affairs Ministry said today.

The Ministry issued the statement to clarify an inaccurate news report, which attributing to the Ministry, has said that "communications are going on with officials in Moscow to bring back 13 Sri Lankan students in Crimean Universities",

It said the circulating report was totally inaccurate and has caused concern among the general public and therefore, the wishes to clarify the factual position regarding the Sri Lankan students who are currently in Ukraine.

The Sri Lanka Embassy in Moscow which is concurrently accredited to Ukraine has been constantly monitoring the situation to ensure the safety and wellbeing of Sri Lankans in Ukraine, the Ministry said.

The Embassy has informed that there are 20 Sri Lankan students currently studying at the Crimea State Medical University in Simferopol, who are in direct contact with the mission.

The Sri Lankan Ambassador to the Russian Federation Udayanga Weeratunga had personally contacted the Pro Rector for Foreign Relations of the University to check on the welfare of the Sri Lankan students and the Pro Rector has assured the Ambassador of the safety and security of the Sri Lankan students who are resident in the University hostels, the External Affairs Ministry informed. Moreover, the University and the hostels are not located in close proximity to the areas of unrest.

"Hence, there is no need for any panic and the situation does not warrant any plans to evacuate the students," the Ministry said.

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