Sri Lanka: Knot of War

With the assassination of Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar, Sri Lanka’s fragile peace process appears to be in greater trouble than at any time over the past three and a half years. Ceasefire violations are now sufficiently common to conclude that the country is on the cusp of further civil war.

The World Today Published 1 October 2005 Updated 15 October 2020 4 minute READ

Dr Chris Smith

However, following an urgent plea from the President, the Tamil Tiger rebels announced they will return to the peace talks they left two years ago when the government refused to accept their proposed arrangements for an interim government in the north and east. But now the situation is completely changed with the first real split in a previously united Tamil cause.

In mid August snipers made their way into a neighbouring house with a view of the Foreign Minister, Lakshman Kadirgamar’s, swimming pool. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (Tamil Tigers) are widely suspected of being responsible for his killing, despite denials. Police are thought to have made arrests but no information is available as to whether they are Tigers.

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