Former Sri Lankan President Talks Peace

November 15, 2011

Chandrika Kumaratunga, the former president of Sri Lanka, painted a sobering picture of an island nation recovering from civil war.  This INP-sponsored talk took place at the Center for Government and International Studies.

President Kumaratunga, who led Sri Lanka from 1994 to 2005, described her administration’s attempts to resolve through peaceful negotiations the long-standing conflict between Sri Lanka’s majority Sinhalese and minority Tamil populations.

Sri Lanka’s first female president attributed the challenge in part to a mentality of siege ­that has become entrenched in the psyche of the Sri Lankan people.

Read more about the event here.