tamiḻ īḻam

Tamil Eelam

Unrecognized state
Flag of Sri Lanka 1983–2009 Flag of Sri Lanka
Flag of Tamil Eelam
Map of Tamil Eelam
Civil War in:
Sri Lanka
Status Unrecognized state
- 1983-2009Velupillai Prabhakaran
July 23, 1983Established
May 19, 2009Defeat of the LTTE
Area19,509 km²
- 20012,577,188
Flag of Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Flag of Sri Lanka

Tamil Eelam (1983-2009) was an unrecognized state in the northern part of Sri Lanka.

Background Edit

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.[1]


  • Velupillai Prabhakaran () (July 23, 1983 - May 19, 2009)


Sri Lankan Polities

Neighbouring Nations


  1. The CIA World Factbook - Sri Lanka

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