Ajit Gunawardene, Deputy Chairman of John Keells Holdings talks to Bloomberg TV on the business prospects of a post-war Sri Lanka.
Reuters has a report. In summary,
- More than 6,200 soldiers killed and nearly 30,000 wounded (Source: Defence Secretary interview with ITN)
- More than 15,000 LTTE cardres killed according to the Military several months ago.
No final tally.
- Around 7,000 civilians killed since January according to unverified, unofficial U.N. estimates. Around 280,000 displaced according to aid agencies.
- Overall, according to the UN, the conflict has killed from about 80,000 -100,000 people.
Update (23/05/2009): According to Army Chief speaking to NDTV, a total of 22,000 LTTE cardres were killed by the Army alone. He also puts the casualty figures of the Sri Lanka troops lower.
Newsy.com provides multiple perspectives from the international media.
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.
Confirming earlier rumors, MoD website and state media confirms the death of LTTE cheif Prabhakarn’s death along with his confidants Soosai and Pottu Amman. from MoD,
The latest reports from battlefront reveal that LTTE leader V. Prabhakran, has been killed this morning (May 18). The sources further say that LTTE’s intelligence wing leader Pottu Amman and Sea Tiger wing leader Soosai were also killed.
As usual, fireworks going off in the streets everywhere in the country. State media is playing patriotic songs and profiling the three decades of terror perpetrated by the LTTE and it’s leadership. The entire Tiger leadership has now been eliminated.
United Nations, New York, 1 May 2009 – Daily Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General. Over Sri Lanka, security forces continue their operations in the northern conflict zone. Heavy fighting is reported.
The United Nations Office of the Coordination for Humanitarian Affairs says as of today, more than 172,000 people have crossed out of the conflict zone, mostly in the last 10 days. 170,000 are accommodated at temporary camps in 38 sites in four districts of the north and east of the country, while around 2,000 wounded and their caregivers are in hospitals.
There have been no new arrivals at the Omanthai screening point in the last 48 hours, and the Government of Sri Lanka informs us that none are in transit.
We believe that 50,000 people remain in the conflict zone.
Congestion in the camps remains one of the most serious concerns, as shelter in the camps remains inadequate. In Trincomalee, the UN refugee agency has started setting up tents, while UNICEF has been working on the provision of sanitation there, while also started building wells.
Despite repeated calls by the United Nations and the International Red Cross, they still have no access to the screening point at Kilinochchi.
The UN Refugee Agency also says a second team of UNHCR emergency experts is scheduled to arrive today in Sri Lanka. The team of four includes specialists on community services, protection and other essential field functions. This follows the earlier deployment of five UNHCR experts to Sri Lankas north in February and March.
While thousands of displaced people continue to arrive to Vavuniya, Jaffna and Trincomalee, others are returning to their homes in the first Government organized return operation in northern Sri Lanka in years. The area to where they are returning was for a long time the frontline in the fighting between Government forces and LTTE rebels.
UNHCR says it welcomes these returns as a positive development. While the number of those returning to their homes is still small it is an important starting point, it says. The United Nations hopes that returns to other areas in northern Sri Lanka will also be possible soon.