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A Dialogue with the Tigers Realities and Illusions

G. H. Peiris

in Twilight of the Tigers

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780195699456
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080229 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195699456.003.0003
A Dialogue with the Tigers Realities and Illusions

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This chapter describes the political and economic conditions that paved the way for the declaration of a ceasefire by the government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in December 2001. Efforts made in the months that followed with the objective of initiating a search for a resolution of the ethnic conflict culminated in the commencement of a series of direct peace negotiations between the two sides in September 2002. From short-term perspectives the ceasefire could be regarded as a product of the victory of the United National Front (UNF) at the parliamentary elections of December 2001. The agreement between the government and the LTTE entered into on 22 February 2002 was intended to formalize the suspension of the campaign of war and terrorism conducted by the LTTE. The agreement took the form of an MoU, which contained a series of conditions and courses of action to which both the government and the LTTE had committed in the course of its preparation by the government of Norway.

Keywords: Sri Lanka in 2001–2; peace; ethnic conflict; Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam; peace negotiations; ceasefire of December 2001; terrorism; Norway; economic conditions; external environment

Chapter.  6875 words. 

Subjects: Indian Politics

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