Sri Lanka Army's Tamil regiment

The Sri Lankan armed forces have moved steadily towards incorporating former Tamil Tiger rebels into it's ranks.

Vinyagamoorthi Muralitharan - a.k.a. Karuna - an ethnic Tamil and a former Tamil Tiger leader, is now the Minister for national reconciliation.

Speaking to the BBC recently Karuna has said that the army chief, Gen. Sarath Fonseka, has informed him of a move to form a Tamil regiment. The first of it's kind.

Six hundred cadres out of 900 have already joined the army. [The] rest of my cadres are currently staying in military camps. I hope all of them will join the army once their paperwork is completed.

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