August 5, 1989 |
India on Friday offered to withdraw 1,500 troops a week if the largest Tamil guerrilla group observes a cease-fire, government sources here said. About 45,000 Indian troops are in Sri Lanka to enforce a July, 1987, peace accord aimed at ending ethnic strife in the Indian Ocean republic, where the government is dominated by the Sinhalese majority.
July 30, 1989 |
India staged a token withdrawal of 600 soldiers Saturday and opened negotiations with Sri Lanka on the departure of the rest of its 45,000 troops sent to quell ethnic violence in this island nation. Sri Lankan President Ranasinghe Premadasa, who had demanded the removal of "the last Indian soldier" by the end of July, sought to portray Saturday's hastily arranged withdrawal as a victory for his government.
January 6, 1989 |
Indian peacekeeping troops have begun leaving Sri Lanka, an Indian official said Thursday, nearly 18 months after the soldiers arrived on a mission to disarm Tamil rebels and enforce a cease-fire. "Some Indian troops have already left Sri Lanka during the past two days, and another battalion is scheduled to leave Sunday," said Gurjit Singh, a spokesman for the Indian High Commission.
May 15, 1988
Most of the Indian peace-keeping troops in Sri Lanka will end their 10-month-old deployment within 45 days, reducing the number of Indian personnel on the island nation to 25,000, an Indian military official said in Madras. The official, who requested anonymity, said Sri Lankan forces will assume security operations in the east, where the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, a rebel group, have in recent weeks staged several attacks. "The phased withdrawal will not mean total withdrawal," he said.