So said a Times editorial yesterday:
The ceasefire in Sri Lanka, brokered by Norway in 2002, has been breached repeatedly since last December, even as the Sri Lankan Government and the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) both insisted that it remained in force. The ferocity of the fighting that has now engulfed much of the countryâ€™s northeast, preceded and accompanied by Tamil Tiger bombing atrocities in the capital, Colombo, has reduced to rubble the latest and most promising effort to reach a mediated settlement.
The country is again at war. In the past month, at least 550 people have been killed and 100,000 civilians rendered homeless. Among them are at least 30,000 Tamil-speaking Muslims, who make up a third of the population in the eastern part of the territories claimed by Tamil Tiger separatists and are the most voiceless and helpless victims of its murderous agenda.
Since 1983, when the Tamil Tigers took up arms, most of the 65,000 people killed have been non-combatants. [via Moju]
I’m not sure what difference the editorial will make, but there needs to be international pressure to reign in both sides before the violence spirals out of control.
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