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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