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									Sri Lanka's foreign policy since 1994

A. Sivarajah

Dept. of Political Science,
University Of Peradeniya, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.
E-mail: Sivarajah_a@hotmail.com


After seventeen years of rule since 1977 the United National Party(UNP)was defeated in
the general election held in 1994 by a coalition known as People’s Alliance(PA) headed
by Mrs. Chandrika Kumaratunge and formed a new government. Immediately after
assuming power the new PA government took steps to negotiate with the Liberation
Tigers of Tamil Ealam (L.T.T.E) with a view of finding a solution to the ethnic conflict
of Sri Lanka. The PA government also formulated a proposal to devolve power to the
North and East of the country. The PA government attempted to change the foreign
policy of Sri Lanka to suit its internal policy changes. No serious attempt has been made
so far to examine the transformation in Sri Lanka’s foreign policy since 1994.This study
is an attempt to fill the gap. The purpose of the study is to examine the foreign policy of
Sri Lanka since 1994.This study will try to find answers to the following questions (1)
whether there were changes in the foreign policy of Sri Lanka since 1994? (2) If so; what
are the major changes introduced by the PA government? (3) Were they different from
UNP government’s foreign policy? Hypothesis of the study is that a transformation took
place in Sri Lanka’s foreign policy since 1994.This study will be both descriptive and
analytical. All available primary and secondary materials will be used. In addition to the
information gathered through interviews with decision makers of foreign policy in Sri
Lanka.


Key words: Foreign policy; Ethnic conflict; Sri Lanka




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