Given the nature in which the war came to an end, and the consequences that this generated—in terms of the vast humanitarian crisis, the heightened international media exposure, and the demoralised and marginalised condition of Sri Lanka’s Tamil community—this policy brief advances four key points that are of critical relevance at this juncture for sustainable post-war reconstruction and a successful war-to-peace transition in Sri Lanka:
The new government must offer a political solution to the conflict.
There must be a significant improvement in donor–government relations.
Post-war reconstruction must be open, participatory and transparent, and calibrated towards peacebuilding and ethnic reconciliation.
The government and donors must focus on rapidly improving living standards, infrastructure and levels of economic development in the northeast to bring them into line with the rest of the country.