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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2395

We will win, LTTE will be routed in 2009 - Sri Lanka Army Commander

Ruwan Weerakoon from Colombo

Colombo, 31 December, (Asiantribune.com): Sri Lanka's Army Commander Lt. Gen. Sarath Fonseka, in an exclusive conversation with the Asian tribune said that the Sri Lanka Army will completely rout the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in 2009. Sri Lanka's Army Commander Lt. Gen. Sarath FonsekaSri Lanka's Army Commander Lt. Gen. Sarath Fonseka

"At the moment troops of our 58 Division led by Brigadier Shavendra Silva has nearly reached Paranthan, and the Paranthan Junction will be taken over tonight. Subsequently, the LTTE's main supply route to Muhamalai, Kilali and Nagarkovil will be cut off," added Army Commander.
He further elaborated that once the strategic Paranthan junction comes under army control, the Tamil Tigers will be left only with the sea route for their supplies.

In an attempt to prevent this scenario, the LTTE is presently moving most of its experienced cadres from the northern front towards the Paranthan area. Heavy fighting has been reported in the area yesterday and today.

Paranthan junction, straddling the main A-9 highway to the peninsula, is strategically important in the Eelam War IV as roads from this junction lead north to the Jaffna peninsula through the Elephant Pass, east to Mullaitivu and south to Kilinochchi.

Sri lankan Army troops are edging towards the main Tiger stronghold of Mullaitivu, and are engaged in fierce battles.

Altogether seven battle formations are fighting the LTTE now, with support of the Sri Lanka Air Force.

- Asian Tribune -

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