• Air Commodore PDKT Jayasinghe, ndc NDC




The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), also known as the Tamil Tigers, are a separatist group in Sri Lanka agitating for a homeland for ethnic Tamils for last three decades causing  death of over 80 000 Sri Lankans of all ethnicities. Considering the threat to the lives of its citizen, the history of atrocities inflicted on its people, and the LTTE’s repeated violations of the ceasefire agreement, Sri Lankan government had no resort but to order its military to liberate the people of the North and East from LTTE control and free all Sri Lankans from the LTTE’s terror. After three years of fearsome fighting On 18 May 2009, Sri Lankan armed forces defeated the LTTE, bringing an end to the three decades of conflict and suffering.

Today, Sri Lankans of all ethnicities, living in all parts of Sri Lanka, are free from LTTE terror and no longer lives in a state of fear. Democracy is restored in the North and the East, the electoral process has been resuscitated after decades, internally displaced persons have been resettled in their homes, infrastructure is being restored, former armed groups have been disarmed and have joined the political process, child soldiers conscripted by the LTTE are back with their families, and other cadres who surrendered are being reintegrated into civilian life after rehabilitation. Sri Lankans have begun the process of rebuilding their country.

Although, the LTTE is militarily defeated in Sri Lanka, its international networks with the backing of Tamil Diaspora are still active and even formed a provisional trans-national government of Tamil Eelam which they famously called as government in exile. The aim of the LTTE’s international network is to re-organize the group and commence their brutal war again to pursue their ideology of bifurcation of Sri Lanka to create a separate home land for Tamil speaking people. Success of such terror group not only threatens the stability and security of Sri Lanka but the region and world at large. The insurgents groups having transnational networks cannot be fought by domestic governments without a transnational capability and capacity. Thus, the nation states should be united to prevent resurgence of this kind of terrorist organizations. The traditional roles of defence and foreign affairs establishments deliberate for deterrence and bilateral relations do not have the institutional mechanisms to meet the threat posed by 21 centaury terrorism. Therefore, an integrated, multipronged and a transnational strategy is the key to address today’s National, Regional and International security dimensions.


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How to Cite

Air Commodore PDKT Jayasinghe, ndc. (2013). “THE FALL OF LTTE”- IMPLICATIONS FOR NATIONAL, REGIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL SECURITY. NDC E-JOURNAL, 12(2), 71-94. Retrieved from https://ndcjournal.ndc.gov.bd/ndcj/index.php/ndcj/article/view/104

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