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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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Tsunami’s Spin

Tsunami’s Spin

(p.67) 4 Tsunami’s Spin
After the Fall

Mohan K. Tikku

Oxford University Press

The Chapter discusses how a natural calamity of unspeakable proportions could alter the trajectory of a long-running ethnic conflict. Western governments and the United Nations agencies permitted Sri Lanka to use the situation created by the 2004 tsunami to generate pressure on the LTTE. The Sri Lankan government used the humanitarian crisis so generated to increase the LTTE’s vulnerabilities. P-TOMS (Post-Tsunami Operational Management Structure) agreement with the LTTE was reached after considerable debate and dithering, but hardly implemented. Despite these drawbacks, the Tamil Relief Organization (TRO) staged exemplary relief operations in the LTTE controlled areas. In the final count, tsunami tilted the balance in the government’s favour, and contributed to the final outcome of the war.

Keywords:   Tsunami, Devastation, Humanitarian, Aid Flows, P-TOMS, TRO

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