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LTTE offers surrender, Lanka rejoices

  • LTTE offers surrender, Lanka rejoices
  • Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa goes down on his knees after disembarking his airplane at Colombo airport on May 17, 2009. Rajapaksa returned to the country early on Sunday, the day after he said the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) had been defeated militarily in the 25-year civil war.
  • LTTE offers surrender, Lanka rejoices
  • Rajapaksa spoke after troops took control of the Indian Ocean island nation's entire coast for the first time since war broke out in 1983, cutting off the LTTE's last hope of escape from a military advance aimed at crushing separatist resistance.
  • LTTE offers surrender, Lanka rejoices
  • A Sri Lankan man waves his national flag as he celebrates in central Colombo on May 17, 2009 what the government says is the impending defeat of the LTTE rebels in the north of the country.
  • LTTE offers surrender, Lanka rejoices
  • A Sri Lankan army officer offers milk rice, a delicacy meant for special occasions, to a police officer as they celebrate after President Mahinda Rajapaksa declared victory in the country's quarter-century civil war with the LTTE rebels in Colombo.
  • LTTE offers surrender, Lanka rejoices
  • A Sri Lankan man jumps and another covers his ears as fireworks explode behind people celebrating in Colombo.
  • LTTE offers surrender, Lanka rejoices
  • Photograph released by the Sri Lankan military shows what the army says are civilians resting after fleeing 'No Fire Zone.'
  • LTTE offers surrender, Lanka rejoices
  • A Sri Lankan man waves his national flag as he celebrates in central Colombo on May 17, 2009 what the government says is the impending defeat of the LTTE rebels in the north of the country.
  • LTTE offers surrender, Lanka rejoices
  • LTTE offers surrender, Lanka rejoices
  • LTTE offers surrender, Lanka rejoices
  • LTTE offers surrender, Lanka rejoices
  • LTTE offers surrender, Lanka rejoices
  • LTTE offers surrender, Lanka rejoices
  • LTTE offers surrender, Lanka rejoices