Sri Lanka rejects UN truce appeal


Sri Lanka has rejected a fresh appeal by the UN to give civilians more time to leave a safe zone in the north-east, the defence secretary says. Only a few hundred civilians used the two-day unilateral government truce with Tamil Tiger rebels to escape. Between 50,000 and 100,000 civilians are still thought to be trapped in the zone – about 20 sq km (8 sq miles) of coastal area in Mullaitivu district.

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