Sri Lanka ceasefire effectively over?

Nov 27, 2006 (AFP) – The Tamil minority of Sri Lanka must have their own independent state, rebel chief Velupillai Prabhakaran declared Monday, effectively ending the island’s peace process. In his annual policy speech, delivered from a secret hideout, the Tamil Tiger leader accused the Colombo government of waging military and economic war against Tamils and said they were left “with no other option but an independent state.”

Key dates in Sri
Lanka’s armed conflict

Nov 27, 2006 (AFP) – Here are the key dates in the conflict:

1972: Velupillai Prabhakaran forms Tamil New Tigers (TNT)

July 1975:
Prabhakaran murders mayor of Jaffna

May 1976: TNT
renamed the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)

July 23, 1983: LTTE rebels kill 13 soldiers in Jaffn

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