Sri Lanka Rejects LTTE Ceasefire
26 Apr 09 | AJE
The Sri Lankan government has rejected a unilateral ceasefire declaration by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), calling the announcement “a joke”.
The LTTE declared the truce earlier on Sunday, after suffering devastating military losses in their secessionist war with the government.
“In the face of an unprecedented humanitarian crisis and in response to the calls made by the UN, EU, the governments of India and others, the [LTTE] has announced a unilateral ceasefire,” a statement on the group’s website said on Sunday.
But Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the Sri Lanka defence secretary, said: “That is a joke.
“They were not fighting with us, they were running from us. There is no need of a ceasefire. They must surrender. That is it.” >>>