Sri Lanka peace hopes hit by gunboat sinking

Chief Regulatory Officer at CSE Renuke Wijayawardhane presenting the listing certificate to Executive Chairperson at Renuka Hotels Shibani Thambiayah

A suicide attack that sank a Sri Lankan navy gunboat has cast a new shadow over the island’s fading peace hopes but an immediate return to war is unlikely, analysts and diplomats said Sunday. A suicide attack that sank a Sri Lankan navy gunboat has cast a new shadow over the island’s fading peace hopes but an immediate return to war is unlikely, analysts and diplomats said Sunday. Sri Lanka has blamed Tamil Tigers for Saturday’s spectacular ramming of an Israeli-built Dvora craft by a vessel laden with explosives that killed 15 sailors.

The navy said the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) deployed a woman cadre to carry out the worst attack against the military since an Oslo-brokered truce four years ago.

Analysts fear that the security situation could deteriorate further in the embattled northern and eastern regions where at least 115 people, including 67 security personnel, have been killed in a month of bloodshed.

Harry Gunatillake, a former airforce chief, believes the rebels are mounting pressure on Colombo to ensure they enter peace talks from a position of military strength.

“The attack on the gunboat is only a small stone the Tigers have thrown,” he s