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Army Commander Lieutenant General Sarath Fonseka hints Tamil Tiger era in the East is coming to an end

December 13, 2006

By Walter Jayawardhana

The Army Commander Lieutenant General Sarath Fonseka has dropped a hint to the media that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) will be driven out of Eastern Province.

Lieutenant General Fonseka is reported to have briefed the media that his troops engaged at Vakerai and kadiraveli in the Eastern theatre of war have over run two forward defense lines making the enemy retreat and cornered.

The army has indicated that the enemy is going through its final phase of their end in the Eastern Province that started in March 2004 with the departure of Karuna that has never improved from its gradual deterioration since then.

Many analysts believe that the sudden suggestion of the army commander would not have come without a strong confidence in the battle hardened commander that his troops are on their way to victory in their battles engaged right now in the theatre of war in the Eastern Province.

Without quoting him directly, the website for the media center for national security said that Fonseka is reported to have told the media that the insurgents will be driven out of Eastern Province so the people in the area could pursue their daily lives peacefully.

According to the statement, although the the commander did not reveal a time frame for the fall of the LTTE in the East many expected that to be imminent.

The website said the LTTE who escaped from Sampur have now retreated to Vakerai and kadiraveli from where they fire their artillery guns at military garrisons and civilian settlements.

The media center for national security website declared, this is not the first instance the LTTE has lost its hold in the Eastern province.  During the period 1993 – 1994, LTTE influence was swept away under the then Commander of the Eastern   province Brigadier Lucky Algama.

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