Sri Lanka: Dreaming of a War-Free Future

After nineteen years of bloody conflict, in which over sixty five thousand soldiers and civilians were killed, Sri Lanka is at last heading for an apparently fruitful and constructive peace process.

The World Today Updated 23 October 2020 Published 1 December 2002 4 minute READ

Alan Bullion

Editor, AgraFood Asia

Two main factors have contributed to this – changed domestic political and economic circumstances, and the overarching influence of United States President George Bush’s ‘war’ against terror.

A norwegian-brokered ‘permanent’ ceasefire was agreed in February between the Tamil Tiger rebels and the right-of-centre United National Front (UNF) government led by Ranil Wickremesinghe, elected a year ago. This laid the groundwork for the first direct peace talks in seven years, which took place in mid-September in Thailand.

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