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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 110

Sri Lanka on the boil

[b]Sri Lanka on the boil[/b]

By Vinod Vedi - Syndicate Features

The newly-elected President of Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapakse came to New Delhi to garner support for his hard-line confrontation with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) which has had the effect of destroying an already tenuous ceasefire agreement signed in 2002. He won the election on the basis of a repudiation of the "engage LTTE policy" adopted by his predecessors Chandrika Kumaratunga and Ranil Wickremesinghe.

Apparently he sincerely believes that the Sri Lanka armed forces are strong enough to handle a truncated LTTE from whose fold Rajapakse proudly proclaimed during the election campaign he was instrumental in extracting the greater military expert "Karuna" whose East Lanka troops were the cutting edge of the unified LTTE.

Since the split from his former friend V. Prabhakaran, supremo of the LTTE who controls most of northern Sri Lanka, "Karuna" has been whittling away the former’s influence in the eastern province of Batticaloa and Trincomalee and the internecine warfare has been bloody and watched with no little glee by the majority Sinhala political entities.

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