Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

Competing narratives in Malaysia Airlines disaster coverage

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Kenya : Police arrest 8 over Mombasa rampage

Read more

FOCUS

Overfishing and the global appetite for bluefin tuna: can Tokyo turn the tide?

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Too many graphic images from Gaza ?

Read more

FASHION

Who's next in Paris, an event with international ready-to-wear and fashion accessories collections

Read more

ENCORE!

Tunisia's Carthage International Festival turns 50

Read more

THE OBSERVERS

Muslims and Christians clean up Bangui, and violence spirals out of control in Algeria's Gardaia

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Is there such thing as 'telegenic' victims of war?

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

2014-07-22 07:21 IN THE FRENCH PRESS

Read more

  • Israel hits targets in Gaza despite diplomatic efforts for ceasefire

    Read more

  • Flight MH17 shot down ‘by mistake', US intelligence indicates

    Read more

  • France gives go-ahead to pro-Palestinian Paris rally

    Read more

  • Video: Lebanon fears fallout from regional turmoil

    Read more

  • Conflicting rulings by two US courts cast shadow on future of Obamacare

    Read more

  • US, European airlines suspend flights to Tel Aviv over Israel-Gaza conflict

    Read more

  • Australian veteran Rogers claims 16th stage of Tour de France

    Read more

  • French Jews mourn French-Israeli soldier killed in Gaza

    Read more

  • PSG punished by UEFA for abuse of disabled Chelsea fans

    Read more

  • Widodo wins Indonesian presidential election

    Read more

  • Colombia's Rodriguez signs '€80m' contract with Real Madrid

    Read more

  • Children killed in minibus crash in eastern France

    Read more

  • Hollande says French warship delivery will ‘depend on Russia’s attitude’

    Read more

  • A call for harmony in riot-hit ‘Little Jerusalem’ Paris suburb

    Read more

  • Notorious ‘VIP’ prison in Paris closed for renovations

    Read more

Asia-pacific

President says Tamil Tigers 'defeated'

Video by Nicholas RUSHWORTH

Latest update : 2009-05-17

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse announced in a speech in Jordan that his government has "finally defeated the LTTE militarily." The Tamil Tigers have been fighting for an independent homeland since the 1970's.


   
AFP - The president of Sri Lanka declared Saturday that the island's separatist Tamil Tiger rebels have been "defeated militarily" after decades of bitter ethnic bloodshed.
   
"I am proud to announce... that my government, with the total commitment of our armed Forces, has in an unprecedented humanitarian operation finally defeated the LTTE militarily," he said in a speech in Jordan.
   
The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) have been fighting for an independent homeland on the ethnic Sinhalese-majority island since the 1970's.
   
"I will be going back to a country that has been totally freed from the barbaric acts of the LTTE," he said, adding that government troops had rescued some 210,000 civilians who were "being used as human shields by the LTTE."
   
Defence officials reported that sporadic fighting was still in progress in a coastal area in the northeast, but only with pockets of die-hard rebel fighters.
   
The defence ministry said earlier that the remaining Tigers were preparing to commit "mass suicide" after troops captured a stretch of beach and sealed off all possible escape routes.
   
It said their "only way out is to surrender to the security forces or to be crushed in the military advance." It said it also believed the LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran was still holed up in the area.
   
There was no immediate word from the rebels.

Date created : 2009-05-16

COMMENT(S)