Monday, June 1, 2009

Sri Lanka conflict: The diaspora factor

(AN)The war is not going to end soon," said Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara, the Sri Lankan Army's spokesman, last month. "It will take some time to completely eradicate terrorism from the country - we think about two years."

In the euphoria over the recent military victory that ended the conventional war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam ("Tamil Tigers") and wiped out most of their leadership, most people in Sri Lanka have forgotten that prediction, but it remains likely. In fact, the brigadier may even have been optimistic in saying that two years would "completely eradicate terrorism" in Sri Lanka. Full text