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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2039

Trincomalee: Sri Lanka's Jerusalem

[b]Trincomalee: Sri Lanka's Jerusalem [/b]

By Vasantha Raja

Sri Lanka's peace process remains entangled in a seemingly incurable predicament. Thousands of innocent civilians, as usual, keep paying a heavy price for their leaders' failure to break the vicious circle of conflict. Even the signals of an impending social catastrophe and the spectre of an economic nightmare have yet to produce the necessary wisdom to transcend existing prejudices.

Important global players and political analysts rightly repeat the mantra that both sides should immediately return to the negotiating table. But any cosmetic return to Geneva talks 2, while necessary in a symbolic sense, will be useless unless a bold effort is made to diagnose and address the deeper causes of the underlying disease that keeps on derailing the peace process.

Futile game-playing, trading accusations or putting undue emphasis on the immediate factors that provoke tit-for-tat attacks is not going to solve the problem. And ad hoc efforts to fix problems as they crop up are not good enough, unless the root cause is tackled, to which I shall now turn:

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