Sri Lankan govt has public backing for war on Tigers: survey


The Sri Lankan government has overwhelming public support for its war against the Tamil Tigers, and most people believe the rebels will soon be defeated, an opinion poll published Wednesday shows. The privately run research group TNS Lanka questioned 500 people living outside the northern conflict zone between October and November. The result will be greeted by the government as an endorsement of its decision in January to pull out of a Norwegian-brokered truce with the LTTE and escalate its offensive. Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse has said he will not accept anything short of the rebels’ total surrender.

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