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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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Confrontations and Conciliation Efforts *

Confrontations and Conciliation Efforts *

(p.119) 5 Confrontations and Conciliation Efforts*
Twilight of the Tigers

G. H. Peiris

Oxford University Press

This chapter covers the twelve-month period from April 2003 during which major transformations occurred in the political configurations, both of the government of Sri Lanka with its dichotomous power arrangement as well as of the monolithic Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). These had a profound impact on the ceasefire and the ‘peace negotiations’. There was growing disenchantment in the electorate with the performance of the United National Front (UNF) and its leader Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe. Two significant events define the temporal scope of this chapter—the announcement on 21 April 2003 of the decision by the LTTE high command to suspend its participation in the peace talks, and the defeat of the UNF at the parliamentary elections held on 5 April 2004. This chapter also highlights the confrontations between President Chandrika Kumaratunga and the UNF leadership.

Keywords:   Sri Lanka in April 2003 to March 2004, ceasefire, Power struggles, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, peace negotiations, United National Front, Ranil Wickremasinghe, parliamentary elections, Chandrika Kumaratunga

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