After a military victory for the government in a civil war that has torn the country apart for decades, Sri Lanka now begins a process of national reconciliation. Al-Jazeera’s Riz Khan explores.
Youtube has the speech given by President Mahinda Rajapakse declaring the victory in the war against the LTTE. The full speech is available in six parts.
Part 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
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The state media broadcast the video of Sri Lankan armed forces recovering the body of LTTE chief Prabhakaran. His remains are shown here on display. The video is available on youtube. Viwer discretion is advised.
The video also shows Prabhakaran’s former comrades, Karuna and Daya Master identifying the body and commenting on what is a defining moment in Sri Lanka’s history.
A related video showing the jubilation of Army combatants is availble here.
Video in Sinhala
President Mahinda Rajapakse was given a hero’s welcome as he arrives in the country after the military delcared all civillians have been rescued and the LTTE cornered to a tiny stretch of land. The streets of Colombo and around Sri Lanka are jubilant with the celebrations of an impending victory and a complete anhiliation of the LTTE. There is talk that the LTTE leadership will commit mass suicide. The Sri Lankans expect a complete victory in the coming hours.
Update : Aljazera has a report on the celebrations
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The Minister of Human Rights and Disaster Management in Sri Lanka, Mahinda Samarasinghe talks to YaTV Sri Lanka Today on the humanitarian mechanisms set by the government to take care of the civillians fleeing from LTTE controlled areas to government controlled areas.
The video of the LTTE plane which crashed into the Inland revenue department is now available on youtube.
Both planes were shot down by the Air Defence System. DailyMirror has a graphic depicting the path the Air Tigers took and where they were shot down.
Update (23/02) : Al Jazeera has a report on the same.
On the recent student protests in Tamil Nadu
Palitha Kohana on the 48 hour ‘Ceasefire’.