How would the LTTEs military gains in Jaffna affect any future peace negotiations?
Its clear the LTTE is trying to manoeuvre itself into the best possible bargaining position. Paradoxically, this is not such a bad sign if their aim is the negotiating table. To try and secure the best possible position en route the table is an old tactic. My feeling is, in some ways, the net is closing around them. I dont mean militarily, but that theres more awareness globally. The LTTEs going to find many countries breathing down its neck. How they handle it will be interesting to watch. I dont feel they can turn a blind eye to it.
Whats Colombos perception of Indias possible role?
I dont think we should expect the impossible from India. In Sri Lanka theres a mood in favour of India coming in, doing something. Dont lie low, forget the IPKF, start all over again and so on-all thats easily said. But its a highly complex problem for India. Dont forget its a...