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NCJ Number: 122203 Find in a Library
Title: Sri Lankan Conflict: Is It Really Ethnic?
Journal: International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice  Volume:13  Issue:2  Dated:(Fall 1989)  Pages:27-37
Author(s): N Jayasinghe
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 11
Type: Survey (Cross-Cultural)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Sri Lanka was once considered an exemplary democracy, but it is now torn by internal strife that is ethnically-based and political in nature.
Abstract: The rupture in the relations between the Sinhala and the Tamils began about three decades ago, when the official language was an issue in the 1956 election. Ethnic violence began in 1958 and recurred in 1974, 1977, 1979, 1981, and 1983, making peaceful coexistence between the Sinhala and the Tamils almost impossible Tamil terrorist groups arose in 1970, and a few are still operational. The Tamil activities that began over the language issue were later extended to efforts to secure homelands in the Northern and Eastern Provinces. In recent years, the situation has been further complicated by the interference of India, in part from fear that Sri Lanka would seek military aid from the United States or other Western nations, which resulted in the Indo Lanka Peace Accord. 11 references.
Main Term(s): Terrorism causes
Index Term(s): Ethnic groups; Political impact of terrorism; Political influences; Revolutionary or terrorist groups; Sri Lanka
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