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After the FallSri Lanka in Victory and War$
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Mohan K. Tikku

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199463503

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199463503.001.0001

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Terms of Engagement

Terms of Engagement

(p.36) 2 Terms of Engagement
After the Fall

Mohan K. Tikku

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines how interactions between Sri Lankan government and the Tamil Tigers were flawed on either side even before Rajapakse was elected President. The programme for reconstruction and rehabilitation sanctioned by the donor countries remained frozen as there was little movement in the peace talks. Unresolved issues, such as the High Security Zones (HSZs), which affected many Tamil civilians in the north, introduced fresh complications into the discourse. The proposal for setting up an Interim Self-Governing Authority (ISGA) failed to take off as the LTTE raised the bar rather high. Or, that is how the government saw it. Moreover, fresh strains between President Kumaratunga and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe made it difficult to make any advance in the peace process. At that point, the LTTE were confident of playing on these contradictions.

Keywords:   Tamil Tigers, Military Balance, Defence Pact, HSZs, ISGA, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction

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