Menon to arrive in Colombo tomorrow

January 14th, 2009 - 2:47 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, Jan 14 (ANI): Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon will arrive in Colombo tomorrow to hold meetings with Sri Lanka’’s top leadership.
During his two-day visit, Menon will meet Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama and other senior officials.
Menon is also expected to meet Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
Earlier, a Sri Lankan lawmakers delegation belonging to the Tamil National Alliance Party, appealed to the Tamil Nadu and Indian Governments to intervene in the military offensive against the separatist Tamil Tiger rebels in the island nation.
Sri Lankan troops fought the shrinking strongholds of the separatist Tamil Tiger rebels on Sunday, the military said, seeking a crushing battlefield victory to end one of Asia’’s longest insurgent ground wars.
The Sri Lankan military said it had killed at least 24 rebels after a series of confrontations on Saturday in the small northeastern wedge of jungle, which is all that is left of the Tigers”” self-proclaimed state.
Soldiers seized Kilinochchi, which the rebels had dubbed their capital, on January 2 and a week later pushed the LTTE out of Elephant Pass, the strategic gateway to the northern Jaffna Peninsula, which had been in rebel hands since 2000.
Both major victories have cleared the way for soldiers to converge on the port of Mullaittivu with the aim of ending the 25-year ground war.
The LTTE better known as Tigers contend that they are fighting to address mistreatment of minority Tamils since the Sinhalese ethnic majority took over at independence from Britain in 1948.
But many Sinhalese say Tamils enjoyed unfair advantages in colonial times and want them back.
The Tigers are on terrorists” lists of U.S., European Union and India. They have carried out hundreds of assassinations and suicide bombings, including against Tamils who challenged them. (ANI)

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