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Sri Lanka Govt Declares Victory Over Tamil Tigers

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    Ab-Titchaz Content Manager Staff Member

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    Sri Lanka army 'defeats rebels'



    The Sri Lankan president has declared a military victory over the Tamil Tigers after 26 years of bloody civil war.

    Speaking on a visit to Jordan, Mahinda Rajapakse said he would return home to a nation totally free from the "barbaric acts" of the rebel group. However, senior officials told the BBC fighting rages on in a tiny area of the north-east where the Tigers' leadership is said to be cornered.

    More than 70,000 people have died in the bitter war for a Tamil homeland.


    The last weeks of the war have been marked by a growing chorus of international concern over the fate of Tamil civilians caught up in the intense fighting. Sri Lanka's military spokesman, Brig Udaya Nanayakkara, says 25,000 civilians have made it out of the conflict zone in the past 72 hours, 11,800 of them on Saturday alone. However, more remain inside the small area where the Tamil Tigers may be preparing for a fight to the death.

    The UN and Western governments have called on Sri Lanka to exercise restraint in its pursuit of a military victory over the Tigers.
    British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has become the latest leader to speak out on the issue, declaring on Saturday that there would be "consequences" if Sri Lanka did not work to ensure an orderly end to the conflict.

    The final decisive battle 'is reaching its conclusion'

    'Humanitarian operation'

    Speaking in Jordan, Mr Rajapakse said: "My government, with the total commitment of our armed forces, has in an unprecedented humanitarian operation finally defeated the LTTE militarily.
    "I will be going back to a country that has been totally freed from the barbaric acts of the LTTE," he added.
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    But the BBC's Charles Haviland, in the capital, Colombo, says a senior government spokesman in Jordan with the president could not confirm that fighting had ended in the north-east.

    There are now concerns that the Tamil Tiger leadership is preparing for a last stand, our correspondent says. The Tigers' leadership has said repeatedly that they will not surrender, and are thought to be keeping thousands of civilians as human shields. There have also been reports that the Tigers are preparing a mass suicide in the face of a military defeat.

    A UN spokesman, Gordon Weiss, told Associated Press the organisation still had "grave fears" for the safety of an estimated 30,000 to 80,000 people still inside the combat zone.

    Earlier, Sri Lanka's defence minister told the BBC that the army was closing in on the remaining fighters for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eeelam (the full name for the Tamil Tigers).

    "We have restricted the LTTE to one square kilometre-like area, so we will mop up and seize the rest of the LTTE cadres and the leadership," Gotabhaya Rajapakse said.

    He said the army did not know exactly where to find rebel leader Vellupillai Prabhakaran, but expressed confidence he would be tracked down.

    "If he has not committed suicide then he should be there," Mr Rajapakse said.

    Prabhakaran began the fight for a separate state for Sri Lanka's minority Tamils in the early 1970s, progressing into a violent civil war in 1983.

    Tigers landlocked

    The capture of the Tigers' last remaining stretch of coastline earlier on Saturday was hailed as a decisive breakthrough by Sri Lanka's army.

    [​IMG] Few images exist of Tamil Tiger leader Velupillai Prabhakaran


    For the first time ever the rebels do not have sea access, and the army is "progressing" to clear remaining rebel-held land, Brig Udaya Nanayakkara said. Speaking after the president's statement, he said military action in the north-east was ongoing, also branding it a "rescue, humanitarian operation".

    The Tigers once boasted a deadly and much-feared naval strike capability, often using boats to launch lethal attacks during the long years of their guerrilla campaign. State TV showed images of explosions and plumes of smoke rising from close to the coastline, as well as images of celebrating troops in coastal areas.

    The army said the scenes proved that the Tigers were blowing up their own caches of ammunition, but there is no independent confirmation of that claim.

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    I hope and pray that this is true maana this war has been dragging on for
    too long at cost of human lives.

    Amen.
     
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    Taabu ni je hawa jamaa Tamiliese sii wataanza mapigano ya chini chini??

    Will the Nothern tip ever be peaceful?
     
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    Mzalendohalisi,

    Wakiwapata makanda wao muhimu basi the whole thing will
    crumble down like a deck of cards.Hapo ndipo kazi ilipo.
    A'fu ia kusustain a guerilla warfafre lazima mtu awe na
    foreign support ya kiaina.Hawa Tamil tigers wamekua too
    much mpaka their cause is no longer appealing to people.
     
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    Tamil Tigers admit defeat after battle reaches 'bitter end'

    Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels admitted defeat today after a final flurry of suicide attacks on the government forces which have surrounded them in a tiny patch of coconut grove on the northeastern coast.

    The Tigers' surrender -– after 26 years of fighting for an ethnic Tamil homeland -- was announced in a statement by Selvarasa Pathmanathan, their chief of international relations, on the pro-rebel Tamilnet web site.

    "This battle has reached its bitter end," said Mr Pathmanathan, who is believed to be in hiding outside Sri Lanka. "We remain with one last choice - to remove the last weak excuse of the enemy for killing our people. We have decided to silence our guns. Our only regrets are for the lives lost and that we could not hold out for longer."

    The surrender came after the army announced that it had freed all of the 50,000 civilians that the UN estimated were trapped with the Tigers in a pocket of land smaller than London's Hyde Park.

    Government forces had encircled the rebels and cut them off from the sea yesterday, taking control of the entire island's coast for the first time since the Tigers launched their armed struggle in 1983. There was no immediate word from either side on the fate of Velupillai Prabhakaran, the elusive founder and leader of the Tigers, who the army and the rebels say has been leading his forces on the frontline. Mr Prabhakaran and his fighters have always vowed to fight to the death, and all carry cyanide capsules around their necks to take in the event of capture.

    Mahinda Rajapaksa, the President, who returned to Sri Lanka after a trip to Jordan this morning, had already declared victory over the Tigers yesterday, sparking celebrations on the streets of Colombo, the capital.

    Fighting raged on this morning despite his announcement, with several Tigers blowing themselves up in suicide attacks on Fgovernment forces, according to Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara, a military spokesman.

    "They were actually defeated some time ago, but they have formally accepted defeat only now," he said.
    "They fought for an Eelam (separate state) that they could never win. It was only a waste of lives. They have caused massive death and destruction over the years. Finally they themselves have realised that it is all over," he said.
    He added that troops had killed at least 70 rebels masquerading as civilians trying to flee in six boats via a lagoon overnight.

    The Tigers have now been defeated as a conventional military force, and lost all their territory, which once covered as much as a third of Sri Lanka, as well as many of their leaders.
    However, they have vowed to continue their struggle underground, using sleeper cells around Sri Lanka and a vast network in the 73 million strong Tamil diaspora.
    "No force can prevent the attainment of justice for our people," said Mr Pathmanathan.
    He also appealed for help from the international community, which had appealed repeatedly for a ceasefire to allow civilians to escape the frontline.
    The Red Cross -- the only international aid agency allowed access to the frontline -- suspended its operations last week because of the intensity of the fighting, warning of an "unimagineable humanitarian catastrophe".

    However, the government rejected all those appeals, saying a ceasefire would only allow the Tigers to regroup and re-arm, and accusing Western governments -- especially Britain, the former colonial power -- of hypocrisy.

    The UN and Britain have now called for a war crimes investigation, and the United States has said it is blocking Sri Lanka's application for a $1.9 billion emergency loan from the International Monetary Fund because of its conduct of the war.
     
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    Matokea ya recession hayo, watu wameacha kufadhili vita visivyo na mwisho wala mafanikio.
     
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    Huyu jamaa alishavumishiwa kuwa ameuwawa zaidi ya mara 5. Conventional war imeisha tusubirie tuone nini kitafuata.
     
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    Icadon,

    The word from the military ni kua jamaa ameshaanza.

    Sri Lanka's rebel leader 'killed'



    The leader of Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels, Velupillai Prabhakaran, has been killed, the military says.
    It said Prabhakaran - along with two of his top commanders - had died while trying to flee from the last rebel-held patch of jungle in the north-east.

    The military said it had crushed the Tamil Tigers' 26-year insurgency, as people around the country celebrated.
    No photos of Prabhakaran's body have been released. The army says it is working to identify it among the dead.

    The claims cannot be verified as reporters are barred from the war zone.

    European Union foreign ministers meeting in Brussels condemned civilian casualties and called for an inquiry into alleged war crimes by both sides.
    UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's office said he was planning to visit Sri Lanka, without providing any further details.

    UN humanitarian aid chief John Holmes said the priority was to evacuate all the civilians caught up in the fighting.

    "Obviously, we're relieved that the fighting is finished and hope that all the civilians are indeed out of that zone, and indeed are heading towards safety, but it's hard for us to be absolutely sure about that for the moment," he said

    ZAIDI.
     
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    Opaque JF-Expert Member

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    Yeah, na rais Mahinda Rajapaksa wa SL ametangaza kuwa kesho ni siku ya mapumziko kuwapongeza wanajeshi waliopambana na kuwashinda chui wa LTTE.
     
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    Historia ya wa Tamil ni ndefu na inahusiana sana na India.Kihistoria wa Tamil waliletwa Sri Lanka (then Ceylon)na wakoloni toka Bara India waje kufanya kazi kwenye mashamba hasa ya chai,of course baadae waka settle kama vile waturuki walivyo settle ujerumani baada ya kuletwa kwa wingi ili waijenge Ujerumani baada ya WWII.Baadae wa Sinhalese kwa kutumia wingi wao wakawa wana dominate serikali na kuwatenga wa Tamil (or rather wa Tamil walijihisi kutengwa).Mwishowe wa Tamil wakaanza kudai homeland yao,iliposhindikana mazungumzo wanaume wakakamata mtutu,matokeo ni vita na mauaji ya kutisha miaka 26. Diaspora ya wa tamil ni mamilioni na hawa ndo wamekuwa wakisaidia fedha na vifaa vya vita.Sasa conventional war imekwisha na ma hardliner wanasema aluta continua, sasa si inakuja balaa ya watu kujilipua? Binafsi naona winning the battle does not necessarily mean winning the war.Moderates wa pande zote mbili wakae wajadili ikiwezekana wa Tamil wapewe some kind of autonomy,sijui lakini ni wazo tu.........
     
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    I congratulate the Sri Lanakan People for their heroic defeat of the foreighn funded terrorist Tamil factions.
    The sad fact is the loss of lives of poor Tamils whose only mistake is to be born Tamils, and taken advantage of by these terrorists.
     
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