"They are taking the body for
checks to confirm it is the real Prabhakaran," one military official said on
conditions of anonymity.
Four other military sources confirmed the
recovery and said identity checks were under way.
Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara denied the report.
Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers admit defeat
17 May 2009, , AFP
COLOMBO: The Tamil Tigers have given
up their fight against a Sri Lankan government offensive and "have decided to
silence our guns," a statementcarried by the pro-rebel Tamilnet website said on
"This battle has reached its bitter end," said the admission
of defeat from the rebels' chief of international relations, Selvarasa
"We remain with one last choice -- to remove the last
weak excuse of the enemy for killing our people. We have decided to silence our
guns. Our only regrets are for the lives lost and that we could not hold out for
The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) have been
fighting for an independent homeland on the ethnic Sinhalese-majority island
since the 1970s.
"There is not a person who can doubt the LTTE's
fearless and unending commitment to this cause with which we have been entrusted
by our people. No force can prevent the attainment of justice for our people,"
"We willingly stand up with courage and silence
our guns. We have no other option other than to continue our plea to the
international community to save our people."
The statement came as
the island's defence ministry said all civilians held by the Tamil Tigers had
escaped the war zone, with the last few rebel fighters boxed into a
2.4-square-kilometre (one-square-mile) patch of jungle.
actually defeated some time ago, but they have formally accepted defeat only
now," military spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara said.
fought for an Eelam (separate state) that they could never win. It was only a
waste of lives. They have caused massive death and destruction over the years.
Finally they themselves have realised that it is all over," he said.