‘Rebels still seek to divide nation’
Eastern Eye Staff
SIRISENA WARNS OF SEPARATIST THREAT TO SRI LANKA SRI LANKA’S president last Saturday (19) warned that Tamil extremists were regrouping abroad in order to revive their demand to divide the island nation, nine years after the end of its decades-long ethnic war. Maithripala Sirisena said government forces had failed to quash the Tamil rebels’ separatism, although they were militarily conquered by May 2009 following a no-holds-barred offensive. “We have defeated terrorism of the LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam), but we have not been able to defeat their ideology,” Sirisena said. At a ceremony to mark the ninth anniversary of…
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