Is The War Over? Ambassador Robert Blake on Sri Lanka

The government claims to have defeated the Tamil Tigers

Monday, May 18, 2009

Transcript

A truce was announced this weekend between the Tamil Tigers and the Sri Lankan army after a quarter-century of civil war. But fighting continues despite government claims that it has defeated the rebel Tamil Tigers and killed a key leader. It's hard to independently verify what is happening on the ground: journalists and observers have been barred from the war zone. But it appears possible that the civil war may indeed be at an end. To help us understand the future for Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia, The Takeaway is joined by Robert Blake, the U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives.

Here are President Obama's comments on the situation in Sri Lanka:

Guests:

Ambassador Robert Blake

Hosted by:

Andrea Bernstein

Contributors:

Collin Campbell and Sitara Nieves

Comments [1]

Hyabusa

The oppressor has won.

The tamil people are deeply saddened by loss and unchecked carnage of State Terror.

HRW,ICRC,Amesty International and the EU have all noted the carnage and war crimes commited by the government.

Tamil Tigers were the violent outcome of the violent oppression of successive SL governments.

The fight for freedom and dignity will march on with or without the Tigers. It must!

Lee Kuan Yew of Singapore was a visionary. Unfortunately, Sri Lanka is ruled by split image of Mugabe.

May. 18 2009 06:40 PM

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