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Sri Lanka After the LTTE

November 24, 2009 May 2009, after a decades-long civil war, the Sri Lankan armed forces militarily defeated the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).  However, a political solution to the aspirations of Tamils frustrated by policies and processes favouring the Sinhala majority still remains to be instituted by the Sinhalese-dominated government.  Almost 140,000 Tamils are still enclosed within the Menik Farms camp in Sri Lanka’s north, and the government argues that isolated pockets of LTTE members, capable of launching suicide bombing attacks, remain.

There are a number of interesting articles I’m going to throw your way that give a good and balanced understanding of the current political situation in Sri Lanka. From the Asia Times, a brilliant article that serves as a good introduction to one of the most prominent elements of the civil war’s legacy: the Menik camps. It goes through the Sri Lankan government’s recent declarationthat the Menik Farm camp will be closed by the end of Jan 2010, and describes the government’s justifications for the camp, the conditions inside them and the political debates surrounding them.  A good introduction to one of the most prominent elements of the civil war’s legacy.

With a closer perspective to that of the Sri Lankan government, an article in the Hindustan Times details a government minister’s fears that a few dedicated LTTE remain with the capacity to launch terrorist attacks against the country, and, more positively perhaps, he outlines his appreciation of what should be done to address the political and economic aspirations of Tamils and thus strengthen their alleigance to the Sri Lankan state.  He also comments upon the Menik Farm camp and the Sri Lankan government’s justifications for interning the Tamil civilians for such a duration.

Another interesting piece, this one providing a broad overview of Sri Lankan politics at the moment, detailing the resignation of General Fonseka from his position as head of the armed forces, apparently in order to contest the elections with the current President, Mahinda Rajapaksa.  The latter is apparently on the verge of calling new elections, two years early, being keen to cash in on the wave of support victory in the war unleashed for him amongst the country’s Sinhala majority.

What do U think about the current situation in Sri Lanka?


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