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Lanka envoy in Chennai gets ‘reward’ for LTTE fall

[TOI, Sunday, 7 June 2009 09:03 No Comment]

Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa is rewarding his men who fought the war against the LTTE, whether on the battle front or from behind the scenes. P M Amza, Sri Lankan’s deputy high commissioner in Chennai, has been posted to London.

He is waiting for the orders and is likely to leave soon to take on the new post of deputy high commissioner in the London office.

The posting is seen as a reward for weathering the storm during the final phase of the war against the LTTE when there were protests in Tamil Nadu and political pressure from the state on New Delhi to intervene and stop the war. Amza served during the three sensitive years of Eelam war IV when the Lankan army scored several battlefield victories and was accused of civilian deaths.

Amza’s three-year tenure coincided with the period when hostilities peaked in Sri Lanka and pro-Eelam groups in Chennai grew more strident by the day.

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