‘Oslo Declaration’ A Breakthrough?<sup>*</sup>

G. H. Peiris

in Twilight of the Tigers

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780195699456
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080229 | DOI:
‘Oslo Declaration’ A Breakthrough?*

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From about early April 2003 when the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) leadership announced its decision to suspend its participation in direct negotiations with the government of Sri Lanka, a disagreement between the leaders of the two delegations, Dr Anton Balasingham and Professor G.L. Pieris, emerged over the so-called Oslo Declaration. Those of us who have kept track of the writings on Sri Lanka's ethnic conflict are aware that a variety of terms such as ‘Declaration’, ‘Agreement’, ‘Accord’, ‘Pact’, and ‘Charter’ have been used to refer to the statement issued by the government of Norway on 5 December 2002 at the conclusion of the third session of peace negotiations between the Ranil Wickremasinghe-led segment of the Sri Lanka government and the LTTE. This chapter provides an overview of the Oslo Declaration and also discusses the legitimacy of self-determination and secession being pursued by LTTE.

Keywords: Oslo Declaration; Sri Lanka; ethnic conflict; Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam; peace negotiations; self-determination; secession; Norway; Anton Balasingham; G.L. Pieris

Chapter.  6363 words. 

Subjects: Indian Politics

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