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Twilight of the TigersPeace Efforts and Power Struggles in Sri Lanka$
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G. H. Peiris

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195699456

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195699456.001.0001

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(p.272) Epilogue
Twilight of the Tigers

G. H. Peiris

Oxford University Press

Since late 2007, the forces of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) have been largely confined to the wilderness of northern Vanni from which, however, its leadership has directed a series of random attacks of devastating effect on various targets—mainly of commuter traffic—in other parts of Sri Lanka. These attacks appear to be driven in part to provoke a Sinhalese backlash in the form of mob attacks on Tamil civilians living in areas of mixed population in Sri Lanka. It has seldom been possible to sort out the truth from fiction in the published stories on the direct confrontations between the armed forces and the LTTE. One internal dimension of the crisis is seen in the recent resurgence of several anti-LTTE political organizations among the Tamil community of Sri Lanka. A distinction between the LTTE interests and those of the Tamils of Sri Lanka is being drawn with clarity and vehemence. Despite these developments, there is still a long way to go before Sri Lanka could resolve the ethnic conflict and achieve lasting peace.

Keywords:   Sri Lanka, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, peace, armed forces, Vanni, mob attacks, civilians, Tamils, political organizations, ethnic conflict

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