Sri Lanka: Giving Peace a Chance

Giving Peace a Chance

For more than two years, guerrillas demanding an independent homeland for the 3 million Tamil minority in Sri Lanka (pop. 16 million) have been fighting an increasingly bloody civil war against President Junius Jayawardene's government. Last week there were signs that both sides were willing to scale down the conflict, which has claimed several hundred lives so far this year. In Colombo, Sri Lanka's capital, National Security Minister Lalith Athulathmudali announced that the five largest Tamil guerrilla groups, known as the Tamil Tigers, had agreed to a "cessation of all hostile acts."

The accord followed discussions in New Delhi early this...

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