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Sri Lanka issues banknote to mark end of war

[AFP, Tuesday, 17 November 2009 13:41 No Comment]

The first commemorative banknote was given to President Mahinda Rajapakse Sri Lanka on Tuesday released a banknote to mark the end of the country’s 37-year separatist war, following the crushing of Tamil Tiger rebels in May, the central bank said.

The first commemorative banknote in the 1,000-rupee (nine dollars) denomination was given to President Mahinda Rajapakse on Tuesday, the bank said in a statement.

"The valiant contribution made by the nation’s victorious sons and daughters, of the security forces and the police, is the theme on the reverse of the note," the bank said in a statement.

"The design at the centre depicts the hoisting of the national flag by members of the security forces."

Government troops killed the leadership of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and declared the total annihilation of the separatist guerrillas on May 18, ending Asia’s longest running ethnic conflict.

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