The Independent reports:
The Tamil Tiger rebels admitted defeat in their 25-year-old war with the Sri Lankan government today, offering to lay down their guns as government forces swept across their last strongholds in the northeast.
The government rejected the last-ditch call for a cease-fire, saying the thousands of civilians trapped in the war zone all have escaped to safety and there was no longer any reason to stop the battle. The military said the remaining guerrillas were still fighting.
With a war that has killed well over 70,000 people nearing its end, Sri Lankans poured into the streets in spontaneous celebration. President Mahinda Rajapaksa scheduled a nationally televised news conference for Tuesday morning at Parliament, where he was expected to tell the nation the war was over.
Two thought occur to me. Will the LTTE Tamils really stop fight now? We’ll have to see.
Secondly, the Sri Lankan government has generated an enormous amount of resentment and anger amongst its ethnic Tamils due to its merciless operations, funded thanks to the Chinese government. Unless it takes strong measures in acknowledging its mistakes and making amends, then the resentment and anger will remain and Sri Lanka will not become united. The battle may be over but the war hasn’t yet finished.
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