The Northern Sri Lankan city of Kilinochchi acted as the de-facto capital for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam for more than a decade. In November 2008 the Sri Lankan army launched sustained attacks on the town from three directions. Battles raged along the A9, the main highway from Colombo to the Tamil areas in the north of the country, many people were killed and most of the town destroyed before the Sri Lankan army regained control in January 2009.
Since then the area has undergone massive reconstruction, schools are being built and water and power supplies re-established and the resurfaced A9 acts as a powerful symbol as the country moves towards reconciliation.
For the people, problems persist but the bloody civil war is finally over.
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American Lanka Lover / May 4, 2012
These people have not actually DRIVEN the A9 or they would not call it “resurfaced”. In mid April, about half the A9 between Kilinochchi and Paranthan was still under construction. The part that is finished is like a wide European Boulevard with a median, the best section of road in the North or East. But from the checkpoint North of Vavuniya and through Mankulam and up to Kilinochchi the A9 is still very much a work in progress. And once past Elephant Pass it is mostly under construction again. The road to Jaffna is in horrible shape and many sections are under construction. Now nobody is expecting a super highway like from Colombo to Galle, but economic development in the North, not to mention tourism, will continue to be retarded until the A9 is COMPLETELY “resurfaced”. And economic development in the Vanni and Jaffna will vitiate support among the Tamils for radical separatists like the TNA and other LTTE fronts. Therefore, expediting completion of the A9 resurfacing should be made a top priority.
Vasu / May 6, 2012
American Lanka Lover, I saw some gays in Unawatuna bay from US who loved “Lanka Lovers”
TNA has nothing to do with this topic
EPDP, TMVP and PLOTE are not Tamil representatives, they are mercenaries
Radical separatist, what does it mean?