Monday, May 18, 2009

President to address the nation on Tuesday

President Mahinda Rajapaksa will ceremoniously address the nation from Parliament on Tuesday, May 19 at 9.30 am on the military victory over the LTTE, says the Government Information Department.

The announcement came as pro-LTTE websites reported the Tigers as having said the battle has reached its bitter end, and that it has decided to ‘silence its guns.’

The Defence Ministry said the remaining LTTE cadres are now confined to a 400m x 600m land area in Vellamullaivaikkal in Mullaitivu.

Operations to capture them are underway, it said.

Meanwhile, human rights minister Mahinda Samarasinghe said projected fears of an imminent bloodbath during final phase of the humanitarian operation based on false LTTE propaganda have now proved to be wrong

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