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LTTE-Sinhalese Lock Horns over Merger

Fearing a rise in harassment by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), Sri Lanka’s majority Sinhalese have launched a campaign against the LTTE’s demand for an interim council in the merged North-East provinces, putting the government in a bind. While for the LTTE the merger remains a non-negotiable subject, for the Sinhalese and Muslims who jointly comprise 67 percent of the population in the eastern province, it has become a nightmare. Already intimidation by LTTE rebels in blatant violation of the ceasefire agreement, has triggered an exodus of Sinhalese from border villages in government-controlled areas here. According to the spokesman of Sinhala Sanvidhanaya,, an alliance of NGOs in the eastern district of Trincomalee, H.M.G. Thumbullegama, many of them are awaiting a good price to sell their property and migrate. Currently, real estate is at a low here due to LTTE threats. Full Story

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