Sri Lanka rebels ‘call ceasefire’

[BBC] Tamil rebels trapped in a tiny enclave of northern Sri Lanka have declared a ceasefire, a rebel spokesman says. The Tamil Tigers (LTTE) had given up their fight against a major government offensive and “decided to silence our guns”, he said on a pro-Tamil website. “This battle has reached its bitter end,” said Selvarasa […]

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Tamils continue protests

[Toronto Star] Dozens of Tamil protesters calling for intervention in the Sri Lanka civil war remain at Queen’s Park this morning, while another group has assembled outside the Sri Lankan consulate near Yonge St. and St. Clair Ave. Gathered on a portion of sidewalk at 40 St. Clair Ave. W. – but not obstructing pedestrian […]

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Minister refuses to meet protesters

[Ottawa Sun] Tamil-Canadian protesters took down their flags once again yesterday, hoping to facilitate a meeting with the federal government. But Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon’s office dashed their hopes by refusing to meet. Protesters have been on the sidewalks along Wellington St. in front of Parliament Hill around the clock since April 7 and […]

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Westminster Bridge closed after Tamil ceasefire protest

[ The Guardian ] Police closed Westminster Bridge in London and attempted to contain thousands of Tamil protesters who surrounded parliament last night demanding an immediate ceasefire in Sri Lanka. One man was rescued after jumping into the Thames. Four RNLI lifeboats were on standby in the river after reports that demonstrators had threatened to […]

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Sri Lanka in new truce rejection

[BBC] The Sri Lankan government has rejected fresh calls for a temporary ceasefire with Tamil Tiger rebels. Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama told the BBC that if the rebels laid down their arms there would be no need for a halt in the fighting. Reports of growing civilian casualties have prompted the UN, European Union and […]

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UN’s Ban urges suspension of Sri Lanka fighting

[Reuters] U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on Monday for a “suspension in fighting” between the Sri Lanka government and Tamil Tiger separatists to allow civilians to escape. “There is an urgent need to bring this conflict to an end without any further unnecessary loss of civilian life and destruction of Sri Lankan society,” Ban told […]

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Sri Lanka rejects Tigers’ ceasefire calls

[AFP] Sri Lanka’s military on has demanded the complete surrender of the Tamil Tigers, rejecting rebel calls for an immediate ceasefire. Military spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara said the Government could not accept a conditional truce from the cornered Tamil Tigers and insisted that the guerrillas should unconditionally lay down arms first. Earlier, the rebels announced […]

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EU calls for humanitarian ceasefire in Sri Lanka

[AFP] EU foreign ministers are set to make a joint call next week for an immediate ceasefire between Sri Lankan security forces and Tamil Tiger rebels to allow aid in and civilians out of the conflict zone. “The EU is deeply concerned about the evolving humanitarian crisis and vast number of internally displaced people,” according […]

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Sri Lanka Rejects Truce Call As Fighting Escalates

[AFP] Sri Lanka’s government Wednesday rejected fresh calls for a truce with Tamil Tiger rebels as security forces took another village previously held by the cornered guerrillas. Defense spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella said the government was firmly committed to wiping out “terrorism” and described the demand for a ceasefire from a Tamil Tiger proxy as “laughable.” […]

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Robert Evans MEP: Who can protect Tamil civilians caught in the conflict?

[The Independent] The news that the Sri Lankan government has rejected Gordon Brown’s appointment of the former defence secretary Des Browne as special envoy comes as little surprise to anyone who has been following the situation there. The Sri Lankan government has become increasingly paranoid and defensive about all matters relating to the vicious civil […]

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