Sri Lanka shows way to counter terrorism

  • Nation
  • Saturday, 22 Feb 2003

THE Sri Lankan government, led by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, exemplifies how a nation managed to counter terrorism holistically instead of resorting to military aggression.  

Its ambassador and permanent representative to the United Nations C. Mahendran said the raging war between the Sinhala government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE) was now at a ceasefire because Wickremesinghe was willing to listen to the other side. 

The prime minister came to office only about a year ago but managed to bring peace to Sri Lanka because he went down to find out about the grouses which had triggered war, said Mahendran. 

He said Wickremesinghes' approach had managed to transform the war-like situation, which had gripped Sri Lanka for the last two decades, into peaceful co-existence in just 12 months. 

The government's approach is to understand both sides in order to arrive at a solution which would meet the aspirations of all Sri Lankans regardless of whether they were Sinhalese, Tamils or Muslims, added Mahendran. 

Military aggression in dealing with terrorism would only result in adverse effects which would harm all parties involved, said Mahendran. 

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