Political implications of the Sri Lankan war + Sri Lankans celebrate end of war + Top Tamil leader shot dead

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by Wije Dias
18 May 2009

Fighting in Sri Lanka’s protracted civil war has come to a bloody end. Over the weekend, tens of thousands of Tamil civilians streamed out of the small pocket of land held by the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam LTTE that has been pounded relentlessly by the army for weeks. The remaining LTTE fighters have reportedly conceded defeat.

The full extent of the army’s crimes has been hidden behind a cloak of censorship. UN figures put the death toll of civilians killed between January 20 and May 7 at 7,000—higher than the total number of casualties this year for the conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Gaza combined—and many more have died during the past 10 days. UNICEF spokesman James Elder described the war zone as “an unimaginable hell”, where hundreds of children have been killed. “There couldn’t have been a worse place on the planet to be than that very small stretch of beach over the last weeks,” he said.

via Political implications of the Sri Lankan war.


Sri Lankans celebrate end of war – 18 May 09


The Sri Lankan government has declared victory and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam have announced they will “silence [their] guns”.

Thousands of wounded and hundreds of thousands of displaced civilians are now left to pick up the pieces, following more than 25 years of conflict over a Tamil homeland.

Al Jazeera’s Minelle Fernandez reports.

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Sri Lanka: Top Tamil leader shot dead

Mon, 18 May 2009 09:02:38 GMT

The top Tamil Tiger leader Velupillai Prabhakaran has been killed while trying to escape advancing troops, the Sri Lankan military says.

Military officials said Monday that Prabhakaran, who was surrounded by government troops in a small patch of jungle, was shot dead along with two top deputies as they tried to flee the war zone in an ambulance.

Prabhakaran, who has a reputation as a fearless and ruthless guerrilla leader, has been leading the rebel group in their desperate battles with the advancing government soldiers.

Tamil Tigers become a highly-disciplined and highly-motivated guerrilla force under his leadership.


via Sri Lanka: Top Tamil leader shot dead.


Army closes in on Tamil Tiger separatists – 18 May 09

The Tamil Tigers separatist movement is all but defeated as fighting in Sri Lanka’s northern war zone claims the life of the man who led the group’s 26-year revolt, Velupillai Prabhakaran.

But among the Tamil population there is still a sense of injustice born out of unresolved grievances which began the conflict in the first place. Al Jazeera’s Tony Birtley reports.

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