April 22, 2024


Latest News and Updates on Sri Lanka

What path will Sri Lanka take now that the Tamil Tigers have acknowledged their defeat?

The rebels, who have been fighting since 1972 for the independence of the north and east of the island, announced yesterday that they had stopped fighting the government army. Earlier today, this army claimed to have saved all of the 50,000 civilian hostages of the Tigers in their enclave.

For the Norwegian Eric Solheim, ex-mediator of the conflict, the Sri Lankan government may “have won the war, it must install peace. He must show generosity to the Tamil people by granting them autonomy. ” The army indicated last night to still fight against diehards. Some insurgents are said to have committed suicide so as not to be captured by the army.

The Sri Lankan head of state is expected to announce to Parliament tomorrow the official end of the conflict. However, the military did not get their hands on the rebel leader Velupillai Prabhakaran, invisible for 18 months. A spokesperson yesterday denied that his body had been found. According to the UN, the conflict has killed 6,500 civilians since January. In Colombo, the capital, Sri Lankans celebrated the defeat of the Tamil Tigers.