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Peace prospects 'bleak' in Sri Lanka

A violent split in the Tamil Tiger rebels and the shaky re-election of nationalist president Chandrika Kumaratunga have combined to cast a shadow over Canadian-supported peace efforts in Sri Lanka. After two years of an uneasy, but stable, truce when the two sides cautiously explored the possibility of a political accord, the calm has been shattered by Ms. Kumaratunga’s snap election call and by the spectacle of open conflict among the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, who had until now been united in their struggle for minority rights and a separate homeland since 1983. The situation is “a little bleak,” said Neil DeVotta, a political scientist and author of Blowback, a book about linguistic nationalism and ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka. “I can’t see these two groups talking to each other in the near future.” Full Story

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