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27 July 2009 – The issue of Afghan refugees living in Pakistan will be discussed at a major meeting in Kabul. (more…)

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By The Economist

ONLY days after Velupillai Prabhakaran was found dead on a battlefield in north-eastern Sri Lanka on May 19th, cracks have emerged in the Tamil Tiger rebel group that he controlled for over three decades. At issue is whether to concede that Mr Prabhakaran, whose pudgy corpse was displayed for television cameras by the army and then burned, is really dead.

On May 24th Selvarasa Pathmanathan, head of international relations for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), as the group are properly known, said its “incomparable leader and supreme commander” had been martyred. Within hours, another self-described Tiger faction, quoting the Tigers’ intelligence arm, released a statement that said, the “LTTE leadership is safe and it will re-emerge when the right time comes”. The Tigers’ intelligence chief, Pottu Amman, is the most senior rebel plausibly rumoured to have survived the murderous last stage of a two-year army offensive. In a 48-hour slaughter, which followed the escape of the last of a refugee horde whom the Tigers had sought to hide behind, several hundred rebels leaders and fighters were killed by the army. Some had attempted to surrender, including two political LTTE leaders, B. Nadesan and S. Puleedevan. They and their families are reported to have been machinegunned while advancing under a white flag. (more…)

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