Taming The Tiger

Sri Lankas political groups enter next weeks elections vowing to bring the Tamil Tigers back to the table, but the parties are poles apart on how to end decades of ethnic bloodshed.
Rivals agree that the drawn-out Tamil separatist conflict which has claimed over 60,000 lives is the key issue at the April 2 parliamentary election, called nearly four years ahead of schedule by President Chandrika Kumaratunga.rn

rnThe president sacked the legislature controlled by her arch rival Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe after accusing him of conceding too much to the rebels in peace talks since September 2002.rn

rnTalks have been stalled since April last year, and reviving the process to stabilise a truce that is in place since February 2002 is the issue topping the campaign agenda.rn

rnHere are the key issues and positions of the main contenders:rn

rnTamil separatist conflict:rn

rn Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe seeks a mandate to continue his “unfinished business” of negotiat