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Sri Lanka rebels ‘call ceasefire’

Sunday, May 17th, 2009

[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 Pathmanathan, the Tigers’ chief of international relations, in a statement on Tamilnet. President Mahinda Rajapaksa has already claimed victory in the 26-year war. A later statement on the Tamilnet website appeared to modify the rebel position.

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Tamils continue protests

Monday, May 11th, 2009

[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 or vehicle traffic – the group of about 35 protestors chanted “Canada take immediate action” and “Sri Lankan government, terrorist government.” The protesters are demanding international sanctions against the Sri Lankan government until it enters into a ceasefire with Tamil rebels in the country’s north.

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Minister refuses to meet protesters

Friday, April 17th, 2009

[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 vow to stay until the government helps achieve a ceasefire in Sri Lanka. The protest includes people who have been staging a hunger strike since April 8.

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Westminster Bridge closed after Tamil ceasefire protest

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

[ 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 throw themselves off the bridge.

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Sri Lanka in new truce rejection

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

[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 India to urge a ceasefire. In a briefing to the UN Security Council a few days ago, its humanitarian chief, Sir John Holmes, said the restrictions on the movement of civilians into and out of the camps were unacceptable.

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UN’s Ban urges suspension of Sri Lanka fighting

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

[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 reporters. “The U.N. deplores the increasing casualties among civilians trapped in the intense fighting … and would strongly support a suspension in fighting for the purpose of allowing safe passage of (the) civilian population trying to flee the conflict,” Ban said.

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Sri Lanka rejects Tigers’ ceasefire calls

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

[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 in a statement they were ready to comply with international calls for a ceasefire but said they would not lay down their arms.

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EU calls for humanitarian ceasefire in Sri Lanka

Friday, February 20th, 2009

[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 to a draft agreement prepared for European foreign ministers to endorse when they meet in Brussels Monday.

“The EU calls for an immediate ceasefire thereby providing for the establishment of full and unrestricted access” to allow humanitarian aid in and traumatised civilians out of the narrow strip of coastal jungle area in northern Sri Lanka.

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Sri Lanka Rejects Truce Call As Fighting Escalates

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

[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.” “We have taken a policy decision to completely root out terrorism,” Rambukwella told reporters here. “There will be no ceasefire with the LTTE ( Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam).”

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

Saturday, February 14th, 2009

[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 war being waged in the north of the island. For years this conflict continued with very little outside involvement and the LTTE (Tamil Tigers) were able to establish a de facto independent state-within-a-state, with their capital at Kilinochchi. A year ago, the Sri Lankan government unilaterally withdrew from the Norwegian-brokered ceasefire, and under the leadership of its hawkish President, Mahinda Rajapaksa, embarked on this current campaign which seems to be reaching its climax.

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