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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 82

UN Intervention is Necessary in Sri Lanka

[b]UN Intervention is Necessary in Sri Lanka [/b]

By Prof. Laksiri Fernando - University of Colombo

Any reading of the events in Sri Lanka since the Presidential elections in September, and particularly the fast deteriorating security situation in the North and the East, would warn any independent observer that a futile and a brutal war again is imminent in the Island Nation.

Many reports and articles published in Asian Tribune during the last three months vouch for that misfortunate eventuality, and the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) for the fragile Cease Fire Agreement (CFA) has now officially pronounced it. The war is imminent. While Aceh is going for peace after Tsunami, Sri Lanka is going for war, and that is the impression that any outsider would gather.

The question at present is not whether the war is imminent or not in Sri Lanka, but how to avert it, if at all possible. So far all efforts at peace, if that can be called peace, has been focusing on persuading the two belligerents, both the LTTE and the Government, to go for direct talks, but for what is not very clear. ‘Go for talks’ is the position taken by the Norwegians, the Co-Chairs, the Indians and the outfits such as the National Peace Council. It is an easy position to take, but extremely difficult, under the circumstances, to achieve given the deterioration of relations during the last year or so, and particularly after the elections.

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