Inter-Ethnic Conflict in Sri Lanka: Causes and Main Stages of Development

DOI: 10.20542/0131-2227-2012-8-68-75

K. Vil’nin, Diplomatic Academy of The Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Russia, 53/2, Ostozhenka Str., Moscow, 119021, Russian Federation (

Abstract. The paper is devoted to analysis of the background of Sinhala-Tamil conflict, primarily of the factors determining the emergence and development of conflict. The author points to the deterioration of the situation in the second half of the XX century and the transition of the ethnic conflict in the early XXI century to a latent stage. The prospects for a final settlement of the conflict and the challenges in this context facing to the government of the country are considered.

Keywords: ethnic conflict, state independence, separatism, paramilitary groups, negotiations, settlement, Sri Lanka, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), Tamil National Alliance (TNA)

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Vilnin K. Inter-Ethnic Conflict in Sri Lanka: Causes and Main Stages of Development. World Eonomy and International Relations, 2012, no. 8, pp. 68-75.

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