The status of the JVP in the area of Colombo. [LKA5534]

According to an article published in The Round Table by Bruce Matthews, a noted Canadian expert on Sinhalese politics, the JVP is only an occasional nuisance in Colombo, closing shops and public transport for a day every month or so. No information is currently available to the IRBDC which mentions specific activity by the JVP in Colombo. Attached is a series of articles which refer to a JVP presence in the city.

We are also attaching, for your information, a copy of response to information request # 5437 (Current developments relating to the JVP) and attachments, 9 May 1990.


Bruce Matthews, "The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna and the Politics of the Underground in Sri Lanka", The Round Table, 1989.
"Sinhalese Militant Killed in Gun Battle", The Globe and Mail, 29 December 1990.
"We've Hit Them at the Top", Asiaweek, 1 December 1989.
David Housego, "Sri Lanka Takes its Place in the Annals of Savagery", The Financial Times, 18 January 1990.
Sanjoy Hazarika, "In Sri Lanka, the Dainty and the Dead", The New York Times, 5 September 1989.