Exuding confidence that LTTE supremo Vellupillai Prabhakaran will soon be captured "alive" or his end will be witnessed "very soon", Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has said the Tigers failed to utilise the opportunity to "surrender" during the recent two-day truce.
He said Prabhakaran had not made use of the 48 hour pause period that ended on Tuesday night and held the Tamil civilians as "human shield".
"But the LTTE leader neither surrendered nor did he release the civilians held hostage by him to enter government held areas," the President said last evening.
"The army will capture Prabhakaran alive or see the end of him very soon. Although the LTTE leader was given the last opportunity but he failed to make use of the opportunity. Now we have left only to deal with him militarily," Rajapaksa told the news website Asian Tribune.
On the contrary, LTTE cadres' snipers targeted and killed two of our soldiers during this period on April 13 and 14, the Sinhala and Tamil New Year period. My army is strong, effective and efficient, Rajapaksa said.
The Lankan army will put an end to Prabhakaran's activities very soon, said the President.
"What is now left for the Tiger terrorists, who had pushed the country into the brink of collapse during the past three decades, is to commit suicide by either swallowing cyanide or jumping into the lagoon."
Rajapaksa said he gave the LTTE leader his "few remaining leaders 48-hours of respite to surrender to the military along with their cadres."
He said he had also asked Prabhakaran to release the civilians held hostage as human shields in l7 square kilometers of land at Puthumaathalan in the north-eastern coastal belt that has been declared a 'No Fire Zone' for civilians caught in the conflict.
Sri Lankan security forces are close to capturing the entire LTTE-held territory in the island's north and will not take a step back in their journey to rout out terrorism from the country, President Mahinda Rajapaksa has said.
The 48-hour period that the Sri Lankan President ordered the armed forces to be on the defensive was not a ceasefire as reported by certain sections of the media.
"It was only an order to the military to desist from offensive operations, which they strictly observed," President Mahinda Rajapaksa told the website.
The President addressing representatives of female organisations of the western province at his residence said that "politicians who had acted as relatives of Prabhakaran, by betraying the country" will also have to commit political suicide.