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Former Mediator: Sri Lanka ‘Peace Long From Being Won’

[AFP, Monday, 18 May 2009 07:00 One Comment]

Peace is far from being won in Sri Lanka, despite the government’s claims to have scored a crushing military victory against Tamil Tiger rebels, the former negotiator in the conflict said Sunday.

"Peace is long from being won," said Minister of Environment and International Development Erik Solheim.

"The Sri Lankan authorities must demonstrate generosity towards the Tamil population and grant Tamils autonomy and create a state that includes everyone," he said.

"The conflict is not resolved even if the battle has been won."

Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tigers on Sunday admitted defeat in their decades-old battle for an independent ethnic homeland, with the remnants of their rebel army encircled by advancing government forces.

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  • Escaped said:

    the Sri Lankan Govt is not going to show any kindness to tamils, they might do this for television purposes, but thats it.