Saturday, January 10, 2009

End in sight to Prabhakaran's warped war

(JT)COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — The 30-year-old ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka may well end this year. Thousands of people have been killed, and political leaders, including India's young and charismatic Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, assassinated in the war between majority Sinhala-speaking Buddhists and the largely Christian Tamils.

The Tamils, led by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam's Vellupillai Prabhakaran, have demanded a separate home in the north and east of the island nation. This now seems like a dream gone sour. The fall of Kilinochchi, the Tigers' political and administrative headquarters, to the forces of Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa's government last week is seen as a decisive turn. Full Text