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The LTTE Proposals for an Interim Self-Governing Authority and Future of the Peace Process in Sri Lanka


  • Keerawella, Gamini


The political brinkmanship of the Liberation Tigers of the Tamil Eelam has been illustrated vividly by the way in which it brought forward its proposals for an Interim Self-Governing Authority by exploiting the vulnerabilities of the United National Front Government. In the proposals the LTTE articulated its political intentions in concrete constitutional terms for the first time. The Proposals rationalize the armed struggle and a contractual agreement outside the Constitution. The plenary powers of the ISGA exceed the federal formula; effectively exclude the institutions of the state of Sri Lanka from the North-East; and clear the route for a separate state. This situation demands a redirection of the peace process which requires a clear political vision and a proper strategy with alternative proposals on the part of the government. In the face of present impasse of the peace process the challenges before the new Freedom Alliance government are formidable.

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  • Keerawella, Gamini, 2004. "The LTTE Proposals for an Interim Self-Governing Authority and Future of the Peace Process in Sri Lanka," IDE Discussion Papers 3, Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization(JETRO).
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    Ethnic conflict; Peace process; Interim proposals; Negotiations; Ethnic problems; Peace; Internal conflicts; Sri Lanka; 民族問題; 平和; 国内紛争; スリランカ;

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