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Prabhakaran will most likely flee Lanka: Minister

[TOI, Wednesday, 14 January 2009 17:35 No Comment]

LTTE supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran would never face the Sri Lankan security forces closing in on his last stronghold of Mullaitivu and would flee the country, a senior minister has said.

"Our troops are on the verge of wiping out the LTTE and most of its leaders are now trying to either surrender or flee the country," Transport Minister Dallas Alahapperuma said.

But, the minister said, "Doors were still open," for the LTTE to bring the conflict to an end by surrendering.
"Prabhakaran has no courage to face our soldiers. He might try to flee. Yet, some elements are attempting to breathe new life into the terrorists who are now on their last legs," the Minister said.

Alahapperuma claimed that the country would be able to celebrate a historic Independence Day in 2009, implying that by that time the security forces were expected to overrun all tiger bases.

He said, "Mullaitivu will also fall into the hands of the Government soon."

"While hailing the role played the security forces, we should also commend the contributions made by media personnel," the minister told a gathering here yesterday.

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