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To End a Civil War: Norway's Peace Engagement in Sri Lanka by [Mark Salter]

To End a Civil War: Norway's Peace Engagement in Sri Lanka 1st Edition, Kindle Edition

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Such a book, an intimate and forthright account of Norway's thankless engagement in Sri Lanka for peace and national reconciliation, is long overdue. ... The sobering lesson we should all learn from these intractable experiences is that the final outcome of these efforts depends ultimately on political circumstances which are beyond the control of peace-makers. -- Yasushi Akashi, United Nations Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator

Proximity can bruise relationships, especially when it is as close as India's to Sri Lanka. Distances can shake hands with greater facility. So when 'distant Norway' suggested to embattled Sri Lanka it had expertise to share in making and keeping peace, India was sceptical but encouraging. Norway's bid in Sri Lanka to retrieve life from death did not triumph, but were its efforts in vain? Some soils hold their germinal stirrings for delayed ripening. And Norway may yet find its engagement in Sri Lanka comes to fruition. -- Gopalkrishna Gandhi, former Governor of West Bengal and High Commissioner to Sri Lanka

Peace finally came to Sri Lanka. But not without heroic efforts on the part of the Norwegian government. Its determination to support the aspirations of all Sri Lankans in the face of withering criticism deserves our respect and is a story worth telling. -- Richard L. Armitage, United States Deputy Secretary of State, 2001-2005

An important read for all of us seeking to learn more about peaceful, negotiated means to solve conflicts. This book gives us lessons learned, always useful in our ongoing quest to find new ways to prevent and stop violence. Brave stories from two countries with a special place in my heart: Norway and Sri Lanka. --Margot Wallstöm, Swedish Foreign Minister

A very detailed account of Norway's efforts to resolve the conflict in Sri Lanka drawn from more than fifty interviews of people involved in the peace effort. . . . The book contains an impressive amount of research and access to many principals, which is useful to diplomats and scholars interested in peacebuilding broadly and Sri Lankan history specifically.-- Terrorism and Political Violence

--This text refers to the paperback edition.

About the Author

Mark Salter is a journalist, analyst and writer. Starting out as a BBC radio journalist he has since specialized in Central European, West African and most recently South Asian affairs. He first visited Sri Lanka in 2002, and has been a regular visitor ever since. This is his second book.
--This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B01AIIYMTS
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Hurst; 1st edition (10 January 2015)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 2595 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 549 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ 1849045747
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