The violent ethnic conflict that has ravaged Sri Lanka for a decade resulted in an agreement between the governments of Sri Lanka and India – the `Indo-Sri Lanka Agreement – to establish peace and normalcy in Sri Lanka’ (signed on 29 July 1987) and the Provincial Councils Act (providing for regional autonomy) passed in parliament in November 1987. What has begun as an essentially domestic problem, arising from a minority ethnic group’s attempts to overcome acts of discrimination and oppression, acquired over time a regional and an international dimension; it had ultimately to be resolved by the intervention of a regional power with the support of all the major world powers, but with opposition from both Sinhala and Tamil militants in Sri Lanka.
On 22 June 2010, the Secretary-General announced the appointment of a Panel of Experts to advise him on the implementation of the joint commitment included in the statement issued by the President of Sri Lanka and the Secretary-General at the conclusion of the Secretary-General’s visit to Sri Lanka on 23 March 2009.
Sri Lanka celebrated the third anniversary of the armed forces’ triumph over the LTTE with a glamorous military parade on May 19 at Galle Face Green. It seems obvious that all Sri Lankans irrespective of race or religion enjoy the dividends of peace after the eradication of terrorism from the country.