Prabhakaran is dead, Sri Lanka govt declares wars end

Written by Political Bureau | Agencies | Updated: May 20 2009, 04:26am hrs
Ending his three-decade quest for an independent homeland for minority Tamils, Sri Lanka on Monday declared it had killed Tamil Tiger chief Velupillai Prabhakaran and crushed the rebels.

State television broke into its regular programming to announce Prabhakarans death, and the government sent a text message to cell phones across the country confirming he was killed along with top deputies, Soosai and Pottu Amman. The announcement sparked mass celebrations on the streets of Colombo.

Earlier, the military announced it had killed several top rebel leaders, including Prabhakarans son Charles Anthony. Special forces also found the bodies of the rebels political wing leader, Balasingham Nadesan, the head of the rebels peace secretariat, Seevaratnam Puleedevan, and one of the top military leaders, known as Ramesh.

In the wake of the killing of LTTE chief Velupillai Prabhakaran in Sri Lanka, India has called for addressing the root causes of the strife and asked for political steps towards the effective devolution

India will work with the people and government of Sri Lanka to provide relief to those affected by the tragic conflict, and to rapidly rehabilitate all those who have been displaced, bringing their lives to normalcy as soon as possible, the official statement from the MEA said.

It is our view that as the conventional conflict in Sri Lanka comes to an end, this is the moment when the root causes of conflict in Sri Lanka can be addressed.

This would include political steps towards the effective devolution of power within the Sri Lankan constitution so that Sri Lankans of all communities, including the Tamils, can feel at home and lead lives of dignity of their own free will, the spokesperson added.

Today, the government has decided to send more medical aid to the island neighbour where thousands of Tamil civilians need immediate medical care. An Indian Air Force transport aircraft will leave for Sri Lanka Friday carrying medical aid.