Game almost over for Prabhakaran, says RajapaksaApril 27th, 2009 - 10:49 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi/Colombo, April 27 (IANS) Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa Monday said the game was almost over for Tamil Tigers chief Velupillai Prabhakaran and all efforts were being made to catch him alive. He also said if caught, the Tamil Tigers boss would face trial in his country.
Speaking to the CNN IBN television channel, the Sri Lankan president also said his government has not announced any ceasefire in the military operation against the LTTE. “We haven’t announced any ceasefire,” he said.
“We are not worried about Prabhakaran or any other person. I think it is almost over,” Rajapaksa said to a question on what stage the military operations were poised.
Asked whether Colombo would hand over Prabhakaran to India if caught alive, the Sri Lanka president made it clear that first he would have to face a trial in his country. “He has to go through our trial first” before being extradited to India, he said.
The Sri Lankan government earlier in the day clarified that there was no ceasefire and blamed “media illusionists” for twisting the government announcement on halting heavy weapon fire to mean that military operations had been called off.