COLOMBO (AFP) - Sri Lankan television broadcast images Tuesday of what it said was the body of Tamil Tiger leader Velupillai Prabhakaran, as the islands President hailed his armys victory over the rebels. The images were shown after the Tigers claimed the guerrilla leader was still alive and well, and said they would continue fighting for a separate Tamil homeland despite President Mahinda Rajapakses call to unite the nation. The video showed the upper section of a corpse which was dressed in camouflage fatigues. The back of the head, which was resting on a bloodstained newspaper, appeared to be missing. The face was intact, with the eyes wide open, and bore a clear resemblance to the stocky, moustachioed rebel leader. We are a govt that defeated terrorism at a time when others told us that it was not possible, Rajapakse said in a nationally televised address to parliament. The writ of the state now runs across every inch of our territory. Under international pressure to reach out to the Tamil minority, Rajapakse vowed that a political solution to the islands deep-rooted ethnic divisions would be found. All should live with equal rights. They should live without any fear or doubt, he said. Let us all be united. His speech had been shadowed by a Tiger statement insisting that Prabhakaran was not dead and that his fight - which he began in 1972 - would go on. Our beloved leader is alive and safe. He will continue to lead the quest for dignity and freedom for the Tamil people, the rebels international relations chief Selvarasa Pathmanathan said on the pro-rebel Tamilnet website. Pathmanathan went on to accuse the govt and military of crimes against humanity, saying senior LTTE leaders had been shot dead after being invited to negotiate a surrender. But the army chief, Gen Sarath Fonseka, stated categorically that Prabhakarans body had been identified - a day after defence officials reported he was gunned down trying to flee govt troops. Reports from the battlefield confirmed this morning that they have identified the body of Prabhakaran, this ruthless terrorist leader, Fonseka said. The conflicting accounts of the Tiger leaders fate came after a dramatic day Monday that effectively ended one of Asias oldest and most brutal ethnic conflicts that has claimed 70,000 lives. The army said its commandos overran the last sliver of Tiger-held territory, killing their remaining 300 fighters and decimating the rebel leadership. But the Sri Lankan governments moment of triumph came at the cost of many innocent lives, according to the United Nations. UN relief agencies also said that access to some government-run camps housing tens of thousands of displaced civilians had been restricted in recent days and demanded that the camps be demilitarised. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said he will visit Sri Lanka on Friday to assess the situation there for himself. We urgently need to treat the wounds of a war that has alienated the communities in the island for almost three decades, Ban told journalists. Sri Lankan authorities have repeatedly bridled at what they see as outside interference in their internal affairs, and Rajapakse made it clear Tuesday where he felt foreign efforts should be focused. What we need from the international community is not advice, but material help to carry out our reconstruction effort, he said. Defence spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella said that effort would necessitate a fresh military and police recruitment drive. We will need about another 40,000 men and women to help with law and order and to provide security for people as they are re-settled, Rambukwella said.