Sri Lanka’s Tiger supremo turns 50 amid war and peace choice

Elusive Tamil Tiger guerrilla supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran, who turns 50 on Friday, is arguably the man who will decide whether Sri Lanka remains at peace or returns to war. Elusive Tamil Tiger guerrilla supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran, who turns 50 on Friday, is arguably the man who will decide whether Sri Lanka remains at peace or returns to war. Born on November 26, 1954 in the Tamil heartland of Jaffna, Prabhakaran has been a guerrilla fighter for more than half his life.

Even though he is a fugitive from justice, he has been sought after by diplomats trying to broker a permanent end to more than two decades of ethnic bloodshed that have claimed over 60,000 lives.

“He is the only man in Sri Lanka who can decide if there should be war or peace,” said former Tamil guerrilla Dharmalingam Sithadthan, who is now a politician. “His dedication to the cause of Tamil Eelam (a separate state) is unquestionable.”

Sithadthan does not believe that Prabhakaran has been mellowed by age or by his family of three children. “If he was weighed down by a wife and children, he would not have come so far.”

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