Nearly 200 child rebels released in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka on Tuesday released over 400 former LTTE suspects, including 198 child soldiers.

Last Updated: May 19, 2010, 11:17 AM IST

Colombo: Sri Lanka on Tuesday released over 400
former LTTE suspects, including 198 child soldiers, to mark
the first anniversary of its military victory over the rebels.

The 425 cadres were handed over to their families at a
function in Jaffna.

At least 189 of the former child soldiers were being
educated at a school in Ratmalana here, the Daily Mirror
reported.

Sri Lanka announced victory in the Eelam War-IV on May
18 last year after its forces killed the entire Tamil Tigers
leadership, including their chief Velupillai Prabhakaran.

The authorities asked citizens to hoist the national
flag atop homes and private institutions to celebrate the
`Victory Week` from May 14 to the 20th.

"It is the responsibility of all citizens of Sri Lanka to
pay gratitude and honour the war heroes who ended the war on terror so that everyone can live in peace without any fear,"
Public Administration and Home Affairs Ministry Secretary D
Disanayake said.

All major government buildings and institutions will also
hoist their national flag to celebrate the end of "separatist
terrorism", he said, he said.

"It is essential to respect and honour the gallant
security forces who sacrificed their lives to crush the
murderous LTTE and gain victory for Sri Lanka," he added.

PTI