Sri Lanka postpones events to mark civil war victory
Last Updated: Thursday, May 19, 2011, 00:23
  
Colombo: Events to mark the second anniversary of LTTE chief Velupillai Prabhakaran's killing and end to the civil war in Sri Lanka to be held on Wednesday have been postponed since it coincided with the celebrations of the 2600th anniversary of Buddhism.

Sri Lankan authorities had planned to mark the end of decades long separatist war in the country but were forced to postpone the events due to the celebrations of 2600th anniversary of Lord Buddha's enlightenment.

The country's Defence Ministry in a statement said a new stamp will be issued tomorrow to commemorate "war heroes" of the government forces and a "victory parade" will be held at Colombo's Galle Face promenade on May 27.

"The stamp is issued to remember war heroes who sacrificed their precious lives and limbs to safeguard the territorial integrity of the motherland," said the statement.

37-year-long civil war in Sri Lanka ended on May 19, 2009 with the killing of Prabhakaran by the security forces.

Although there were no commemorative events among the ethnic Tamil minority in Sri Lanka, the pro-LTTE tamilnet website said commemorative events had been organised across world capitals by the Tamils living abroad.

PTI


First Published: Thursday, May 19, 2011, 00:23


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