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Sri Lanka may win LTTE, not the Tamils' problem: India
pti, nov 22. Even as Sri Lankan army is close to LTTE headquarters Killinochi, India feels a military "victory" would not solve the problem being faced by the island nation and the side-effects in the form of terrorism could be "dangerous".

New Delhi believes that the Sri Lankan government would have to address the problem politically by giving enough space to all sections of the society there to feel comfortable.

"There is no military solution to the problem. Even if they (Lankan military) take control of Killinochi, the Tamil tigers may spread out to other parts of the country and continue terrorism," sources said here.

"Even if Killonichi is seized, it does not solve the problem. It will be a victory but not the solution. The side effects could be dangerous," they said.

The Indian government wants Colombo to implement the power devolution package as part of settling the issue politically. More...Discuss this story
Published: Fri Nov 21 19:48:25 EST 2008

Sri Lanka troops say taking more Tiger defences, Nov 21, 2008. COLOMBO (AFP) Security forces fought pitched battles with the Tamil Tigers and seized control of more rebel defences near their political capital in northern Sri Lanka, the defence ministry said on Friday.

Troops mounted three frontal assaults against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in the main battle for Kilinochchi, the rebels' de facto capital, on Thursday, the ministry said.

The defence ministry has stopped releasing details of casualties among its own troops but said security forces recovered the bodies of four Tiger rebels killed in Thursday's clashes. There was no immediate comment from the Tigers.

The military said government forces smashed a key Tamil Tiger defence line at Muhamalai in the far north and also seized an airfield, piling new pressure on the shrinking jungle mini-state.

Government troops took a near five-kilometre (three-mile) fortified bunker line from the LTTE on the Jaffna peninsula after five days of fierce fighting, the defence ministry said.

However, fresh fighting erupted along the Kilaly-Muhamalai defence lines on Friday morning, the army said in a statement. It said a "few soldiers" suffered injuries during the latest confrontation.

"Friday's pre-dawn confrontations with Tigers at Muhamalai and Kilaly resulted in losses to Tiger infrastructure," the army said, adding troops were "now in full control of the first line of the LTTE forward defence line".

"A few soldiers also sustained injuries following explosions of anti-personnel mines, left buried by retreating Tiger terrorists in the area." The defence ministry said the new offensive stance from the northern sector began earlier this week. More...
Published: Fri Nov 21 08:40:31 EST 2008 Back to the top

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