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May 17, 2009 at 08:47am IST

Lankan Prez Rajapaksa says LTTE defeated

Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa announced that his country has “militarily” defeated the LTTE, which had terrorised the island for nearly three decades.

He also promised the minority Tamil community with a “homegrown” political solution in the country's north.

Though there was no word on the whereabouts of the LTTE chief Velupillai Prabhakaran, the Sri Lankan government claimed that the cornered rebels may be preparing to commit “mass suicide”.

TAMIL REBELS DEFEATED: LTTE militants might have committed mass suicide says Lankan govt.

“My government with the total commitment of our Armed Forces, has in an unprecedented humanitarian operation, finally defeated the LTTE militarily,” Rajapaksa said while addressing the summit of G-11 nations in Jordon.

“I will be going back to a country that has been totally freed from the barbaric acts of the LTTE,” the President said. He has cut short his visit to Jordon.

The Tigers are “preparing for a mass suicide after forces cut off their sea as well as land escape routes and cornered them in a mere 3.5 sq km area”, a military statement said.

Rajapaksa also promised to follow the military victory with a “political solution” that will pave the way for democracy to root itself in the country's embattled north.