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Peace Negotiations; an Analysis of Norway's Competency in Facilitating the Sri Lankan Peace Process (2002-2006)

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Menik Wakkumbura

Bandaranaike Center for International Studies, LK
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Abstract

The paper discusses the role of Norway's facilitation in the Sri Lankan peace process from 2002 until the end of Geneva talks in 2006. The paper examines to what extent Norway has been effective in facilitating the peace process in Sri Lanka and how we can explain the facilitator’s competency. There are three criterions delineate facilitator's competency such as (a) the facilitator's ability to  remove and/or reduce power imbalances of the warring parties, (b) facilitator's strategic choice for tension reduction and (c) facilitator's act on neutral basis at the negotiations. The question is looked in Norway's and the main stakeholders' (the Government of Sri Lanka [GoSL] and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam [LTTE]) perspectives. The paper aims to provide the knowledge how external third-party facilitation becomes difficult in providing an effective engagement in an intra-state conflict situation. In fact, the paper examines coherent achievements of such facilitation. The facts and information discussed in the text are based on secondary sources.

Sri Lankan Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences Vol.1(2) Oct 2009
Keywords: Peace negotiations 
How to Cite: Wakkumbura, M., (2010). Peace Negotiations; an Analysis of Norway's Competency in Facilitating the Sri Lankan Peace Process (2002-2006). Sri Lanka Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences. 1(2), p.None.
Published on 13 Dec 2010.
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