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An International Plea to End Travel Warnings and Bans to Blissful Bali  

by on Saturday, 4 November 2006No Comment | 713 views

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Singaraja, Buleleng, Indonesia, 11/03/2006 – An international plea for Bali’s recovery in response to the travel warnings by the developed countries. Terrorist threats exisit in New York, London, Mumbai…but no travel warnings…help Bali and end the unjust and unfairness of travel warnings

Bali, a small island with a population of about 3 million, has been repeatedly recognized in recent years as the Best Holiday and Spa destination in the world. At the same time the last four years have resulted in severe economic and social impacts, primarily a direct consequence of the continuing travel warnings, especially in the major developed countries.

The loss of life and economic damage in 2002 and 2005 bombings were tragic and substantive. However the threats of terrorism are world wide, including New York, London and Mumbai. But there are no travel warnings to these destinations. So one might ask why Bali is singled out for continuing travel warnings and bans.

Bali today needs a champion to mobilize international support and solidarity. The developed nations cannot be relied upon as they issued and continue with the travel warnings. It is recognized that 21st century in all likeliness will belong to Asia and the Pacific region in terms of economic growth and development progress. India, with its emerging economic and political stature in the world has long historical links with Indonesia and especially Bali. Traditionally India has been a voice of the poor and discriminated in the United Nations Group of 77.

A high level political voice from India in support of Bali emphasizing that it is as safe a place as any in the world of today might even arouse the conscious and concern of the politicians and decision-makers in the major developed countries regarding the injustice and unfairness of their continuing travel warnings to Bali.

More then the world of politics, support to the victims of many disasters around the world has been triggered by prominent individuals, especially musicians and actors. In Bali, more then anywhere else then India, Bollywood is loved and forms the basis of much entertainment, love and joy. The icons of Bollywood such as Amita Bachan, Sharukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai, and Aamir Khan could speak out in support of Bali and the impact would be as phenomenal as Bob Geldorf and Band Aid triggered and aroused the Governments around the world to commit relief aid during the African famine in 1985. This certainly would be a welcome step in Asia to position the region as one that can truly take pride in owning the 21st century world of social and economic progress.

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