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President instructs officials to conserve Sigiriya frescoes

Aug 23, 2010 11:57:31 AM - itnnews.lk

President Rajapaksa paid a visit to Sigiriya this morning. He inspected the Sigiriya heritage site and also the frescoes.

During the visit, the President had a special discussion with archaeological officials. It was held at the Sigiriya Museum. He instructed the officials to craft a comprehensive programme to raise awareness on the historical value of this cultural site to foreign tourists. It was revealed that the loud noise raised by certain tourists aroused the Wasps. The President told the officials that both local and foreign tourists before entering Sigiriya should be briefed on maintaining self-discipline when climbing the rock. The President personally inspected the historic Sigiriya frescoes.

He advised officials of the Ministry of National Heritages and Cultural Affairs to unveil an immediate programme for the conservation of the frescoes, soliciting the support of scientists as well as veterans in the relevant field. He underscored the need to create facilities for the tourists maintaining the historic value of Sigiriya. The President also seized the opportunity of having a cordial discussion with local as well as foreign tourists who were at the location. Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi, Central Province Chief Minister Sarath Ekenayake, Parliamentarian Lakshman Perera and many senior Government officials were present.