Tamils greeted the speech with little enthusiasm but expressed hope that the end of the decades-long bloody war might at least bring about some practical improvements in their everyday lives.
The legend of the 'Sun god'
"Tamil people know that the war is over. We hope now there will be free movement for our people," opposition Tamil National Alliance legislator C Chandranehru said.
He wants authorities to reduce the endless checkpoints and roadblocks that divide up the country, where Tamils have to carry official papers to prove their identity.
Image: A pro-Tamil demonstrator and her child look on as they have their faces painted as tigers to show their support to Tamil Tiger rebels during a protest in Parliament Square in London, Monday, May 18, 2009.