International context: Past and present
Nov 1, 2010 8:00:00 PM - aussieindolanka.com
In writing many years ago about the Indo-Lankan Accord of 1987, the single most crucial element in bilateral relations since the independence of both countries, I made the following assessment; The full text of the Accord, revealed only after it had been signed, indicated that in order to win peace Jayewardene had gone far down the road he had tried to avoid. It had already been let slip the previous week that the President would have discretion to postpone the referendum whereby the East could break free from the North if the union proved unsatisfactory.
Apart from this and an agreement to appoint an interim administration for the area (which would allow immediate power to the terrorist groups), there was also an appendix to the Accord that, in dealing with Indo-Lankan relations as apart from the internal conflict, made clear that Sri Lanka had formally accepted Indian suzerainty over the region.