Saturday, January 17, 2009

Battle for hearts and minds is the last hurdle

By Latheef Farook, Special to Gulf News
Published: January 16, 2009, 23:34

(GN)After months of heavy fighting, the Sri Lankan government forces took control of Kilinochchi on January 2. Kilinochchi is the politico-administrative capital of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) which is fighting a ruthless war to establish a separate state for Tamils in the north and east of Sri Lanka.

This was a remarkable achievement by the armed forces. Only little more than a month ago, LTTE leader V. Prabhakaran claimed, "the government's claim of taking control over Kilinochchi was a daydream". Full Text