‘LTTE must surrender,Govt set for final showdown’

As the Sri Lankan troops prepare for a “final show down” with the LTTE,President Mahinda Rajapaksa...

Written by Press Trust Of India | Colombo | Published: February 7, 2009 11:30:52 pm

As the Sri Lankan troops prepare for a “final show down” with the LTTE,President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Friday asked the Tiger rebels to surrender and face the realities,saying the time for “myths are all over”.

“Government troops have almost overran the last bastions of the LTTE in the north and the stage is set for the final show down,” Rajapaksa said at a public function at Kandy.

Asking the LTTE to lay down arms and surrender,Rajapaksa said it was time for the rebels to face the realities in the wake of most of its areas being captured by security forces.

“For the LTTE,myths are all over. It’s time for them to face realities. Sri Lankans or the world communities at large are not dumb,blind of deaf to facts. They are aware of the fact that there is no more LTTE potential to come back,but to flee in fright,” Rajapaksa told his supporters in the city.

More than 3,000 civilians crossed the frontlines to the Government-designated safe zones as troops captured the personal security headquarters of rebel chief V Prabhakaran at Visuamadukulam in the island’s north on Friday in their final push against the LTTE.

Officials said that 600 people came to the army-controlled region on Friday,taking the total number of civilians who had moved to the Government areas to over 3000 in the last few weeks as the security forces pressed ahead with their operations against the rebels. Another 3,000 civilians were “waiting to come over”,the state radio claimed as a military spokesman said this was the start of large cross-overs. It would turn into “a mass movement now,” the spokesman said.

Underlining that the last Sea Tiger base at Challai in coastal north has already fallen to the army,the President said the LTTE should adhere to the advice of the global community to lay down weapons.

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