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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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The Shapes of War

The Shapes of War

(p.133) 8 The Shapes of War
After the Fall

Mohan K. Tikku

Oxford University Press

President Rajapakse’s second year in office was marked by the government forces’ advance southward along the east coast amid continuing reports of mounting civilian casualties and human rights violations. Bombing a civilian IDP camp at Vakarai attracted worldwide condemnation. Undeterred by such criticisms, the army’s continuing push along the east coast resulted in the government forces capturing several key LTTE bases, including Thoppigala. Finally, the death of LTTE Peace negotiator S. P. Tamilselvam in an overnight bombing raid became the ultimate signal to the Sri Lankan forces that they had gained the upper hand in this war of attrition. With that, the scene appeared set for an all out war.

Keywords:   Development Forum, Galle Meeting, EU, Denial, K-firs, Vakarai, Thoppigala, Tamilselvam

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