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Compromise or capitulation? Report on WFP and the humanitarian crisis in Sri Lanka

Keen, David (2009) Compromise or capitulation? Report on WFP and the humanitarian crisis in Sri Lanka. In: Humanitarian assistance in conflict and complex emergencies: conference report and background papers. United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Rome, Italy, pp. 49-102.

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Abstract

A major humanitarian disaster has been unfolding in Sri Lanka. The message in official pronouncements and most of the national press is that this is a disaster that the government has been trying to ameliorate. Defence Minister Gotabaya Rajapakse described the situation as “the world’s biggest hostage rescue operation.” Sri Lankan officials have described the government’s military push as a “humanitarian” operation. Simultaneously, it has been presented as part of a war on terrorism. With the military defeat of the LTTE [Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam], according to the Sri Lankan government, “The President’s dream of creating an environment in which all citizens can live in harmony and liberty is now being realised.”

Item Type: Book Section
Official URL: http://www.wfp.org/
Additional Information: © 2009 United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Sets: Departments > International Development
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2012 16:03
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/41291/

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