Monday, November 17, 2008

The Big Question: Is the world's longest-lasting civil war finally coming to an end?

By Andrew Buncombe
Monday, 17 November 2008

Why are we asking this now?

The Sri Lankan military said over the weekend that it was now in control of the entire western coast of the country, having captured the key strategic area of Pooneryn. This stronghold has been under the control of the Tamil Tiger rebels (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam – LTTE) since 1993 and the capture of the city means that for the first time in more than a decade government forces have in their grasp a land route all the way to a ferry that can easily bring supplies to the northern city of Jaffna.

What does this mean for the Tamil Tigers?

The reported breakthrough will cut off the local supply routes of the Tamil Tigers. "We have completely taken over Pooneryn. We have gone up to the town, and control the roads from Pooneryn to Paranthan," the military spokesman, Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara, told reporters. To celebrate the victory, the government declared a week of celebrations, starting today, to honour the military. Full Text