Postcolonial Insecurities: India, Sri Lanka, and the Question of Nationhood

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Appendix 2
Text of the Indo–Sri Lanka Agreement to
Establish Peace and Normalcy in
Sri Lanka, Colombo, July 29, 1987

The Prime Minister of the Republic of India, His Excellency Mr. Rajiv Gandhi and the President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, His Excellency, Mr. J. R. Jayewardene having met at Colombo on 29 July 1987.

Attaching utmost importance to nurturing, intensifying and strengthening the traditional friendship of India and Sri Lanka and acknowledging the imperative need of resolving the ethnic problem of Sri Lanka, and the consequent violence, and for the safety, wellbeing and prosperity of people belonging to all communities in Sri Lanka.

1. Having this day entered into the following Agreement to fulfill this objective.

1.1 desiring to preserve the unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Sri Lanka

1.2 acknowledging that Sri Lanka is a multi-ethnic and multi-lingual plural society consisting inter alia, of Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims (Moors) and Burghers;

1.3 recognising that each ethnic group has a distinct cultural and linguistic identity which has to be carefully nurtured;

1.4 also recognising that the Northern and the Eastern Provinces have been areas of historical habitation of Sri Lankan Tamil speaking

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