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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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The Road after Geneva

The Road after Geneva

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(p.85) 5 The Road after Geneva
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After the Fall
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Mohan K. Tikku

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199463503.003.0006

Like a pendulum, a good part of 2006 was spent swinging between Geneva and Oslo. When the two sides met after several postponements in Geneva, the government found itself in a spot. It was told that it was not doing enough to disarm the paramilitaries and contain their activities as required under the ceasefire agreement. The government found it hard to implement what it had agreed to in Geneva because the security forces were using these groups as their proxies. With little progress on that account, the follow-up meeting in Geneva two months later did not happen. The Norwegians then organised a meeting in Oslo. But this one got stuck on the principle of parity. The EU’s decision to proscribe the LTTE further complicated matters. LTTE responded by refusing to recognise SLMM members from EU countries. That hampered SLMM’s operations. In sum, either side was despairing of a stalemated peace that was not getting anywhere.

Keywords:   Geneva, Oslo, Paramilitaries, Peace Trap, EU’s Proscription, Parity, SLMM

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