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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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Prospects for Peace in Sri Lanka

Prospects for Peace in Sri Lanka

(p.28) 1 Prospects for Peace in Sri Lanka
Twilight of the Tigers

G. H. Peiris

Oxford University Press

This chapter begins with a brief recapitulation of the conditions that prevailed in Sri Lanka in the period leading up to the peace efforts initiated in December 2001. It focuses on both the basic features of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)-led secessionist campaign as well as the problems and constraints that were encountered in some of the earlier attempts at negotiating with the Tigers. In the context of the paramountcy of devolution among the solutions being prescribed for Sri Lanka's national problem, this chapter concludes with a brief study of devolution as a modality of conflict resolution. First, it chronicles the peace negotiations made between the Sri Lankan government and LTTE, including one under the sponsorship of India and another initiated by Chandrika Kumaratunga. This chapter argues that neither the LTTE nor the majority of Tamil political groups of Sri Lanka could have a genuine desire for a peaceful resolution of the ethnic conflict.

Keywords:   Sri Lanka in 1999–2000, peace efforts, ethnic conflict, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, secessionist campaign, devolution, peace negotiations, India, political groups, Chandrika Kumaratunga

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