|- 1983-2009||Velupillai Prabhakaran|
|- July 23, 1983||Established|
|- May 19, 2009||Defeat of the LTTE|
|Sri Lanka||Sri Lanka|
Tamil Eelam (1983-2009) was an unrecognized state in the northern part of Sri Lanka.
Tensions between the Sinhalese majority and Tamil separatists erupted into war in 1983. After two decades of fighting, the government and Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) formalized a cease-fire in February 2002 with Norway brokering peace negotiations. Violence between the LTTE and government forces intensified in 2006 and the government regained control of the Eastern Province in 2007. In May 2009, the government announced that its military had finally defeated the remnants of the LTTE and that its leader, Velupillai PRABHAKARAN, had been killed.
- Velupillai Prabhakaran (₩) (July 23, 1983 - May 19, 2009)
Sri Lankan Polities
- British Ceylon
- Dominion of Ceylon (1948-1972)
- Republic of Sri Lanka (1972-1978)
- Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka (From 1978)