ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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SRI LANKA-Testing Time for Left Alliance

oriented parties came together to formally forge a new political platform. The United Socialist Alliance (USA), described as the 'third force' was launched by the Sri Lanka Mahajana Party (SLMP), the Communist Party, the Lanka Sama Samaja Party (LSSP) and the Nava Sama Samaja Party (NSSP) following the funeral of the SLMP leader Vijaya Kumaranatunga who had been gunned down by an unidentified assailant on February 16. Against the background of the last few years of ethnic turmoil in the northern region and the spiralling violence in the south more recently, this is among the more positive political initiatives in Sri Lanka'. The SLMP has been the only party to have sustainedly attempted to bridge the decades-old ethnic distrust between the Sinhalas and the Tamils. Now more than ever the movement of Sri Lankan politics will hinge on the ethnic situation. And, ironically, it is the India-Sri Lanka accord which has succeeded in crystallising the various political forces.

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