Stepped-up International Pressure from the International Community Needed to Revive the Stalled Peace Process

Michael Vatikiotis, a visiting research fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore, argues that the small Nordic monitoring mission—the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission or SLMM, with just 64 observers—is inadequate. Instead of isolating the Tamil Tigers, who are banned as a terrorist organization in North America and Europe, ways need to be found to engage with them, through the Tamil diaspora community. Strengthening regional security cooperation, via the currently weak South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation, is another option to pursue.

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Michael Vatikiotis, “Step in to End Sri Lanka’s War,” Opinion, International Herald Tribune, 20 April 2006.