Sri Lanka government refuses cease fire
The government of Sri Lanka rejects the proposal of a cease fire with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) on Sunday making it more difficult for humanitarian aid from the U.N. and other agencies from providing aid to innocent Sri Lankans who are trapped within the war zone.
"In the face of an unprecedented humanitarian crisis and in response to the calls made by the U.N., EU, the governments of the USA, India and others, the (LTTE) has announced an unilateral cease-fire. All of LTTE's offensive military operations will cease with immediate effect," the rebel leaders said in a written statement issued earlier Sunday. CNN
The government has refused the proposal and instead demands the surrender of the LTTE.
"We expect all the LTTE cadres to come and surrender. It will automatically become a ceasefire if they lay down arms and surrender." said Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara, a spokesman for the Sri Lankan military.
Tamil activist and spokesman for the British Tamils Forum, Suren Surendiran said “What the Sri Lankan government is doing is a slow genocide.”
Surendiran said that the government has bombed within the no fire zone killing 174 civilians within the last two days. Forty-eight of them were children. Aljazeera news
The Sri Lanka’s air force has denied the claim of bombing within the no fire zone.
The priority of other nations is the safety of the civilians trapped between the war of the government and the LTTE.
The LTTE IS listed as a "terror group" by many Western nations, has been fighting since 1983.