Demanding sacrifice: War and negotiation in Sri Lanka
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Since 1987, there have been several attempts to initiate a constitutional accommodation between successive Sri Lankan governments and the advocates of Tamil nationalism. Rohan Edrisinha explores why a definitive solution to the ethnic problem remains elusive by giving a detailed account of why negotiations, devolution proposals and a draft constitution failed. The process has characterised by cynical disruptions for political gain by opposition parties and the key problem that the LTTE maintains a maximalist national liberation stance not shared by many by ordinary Tamils and northern Muslims. She concludes that third party mediation or facilitation must be a component of any new initiative to end the war.