Sri Lanka justifies troop presence in former war zones

On April 12th, three LTTE operatives were killed in the North by Sinhalese military. In the past the UN human rights council had requested that Sri Lanka work toward a peace agreement with the LTTE, however; the Sri Lankan, Sinhalese government deny the possibility of such an agreement. The government sees the LTTE as a major security problem to the country and are not interested in working toward an outcome that they believe the LTTE to disregard. It was reported that the three LTTE operatives had been working for two Europe-based leaders of the LTTE: Nediyavan and Vinayagam. The tree were armed and killed during their attempted escape during a search operation in Padaviya in the northern province.

Conflict between India and Sri Lanka has been prevalent for many years. The conflict is primarily due to the civil war conflict in Sri Lanka between the Sinhalese Buddhist majority and government, against the Tamil Hindu minority (LTTE) of the North. After winning the civil war by eliminating the LTTE in 2009, Sri Lanka was meant to develop a peace agreement with the previous LTTE members, and the Tamil minority of the north. This agreement process was key in retaining positive relations with India. India has been forced to intervene in the past (in the Sri Lankan civil war) due to an overwhelming push from the Indian state of Tamil Nadu to aid the Tamil Hindu minority against the oppressive, Sinhalese Buddhist majority. The confirmed statement from the government minister Mahinda Samarasignhe that Sri Lanka will not engage in the peace agreement process that they had promised to work toward at the end of the civil war, will without a doubt create tension between India and Sri Lanka once again.

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