Posts Tagged ‘truce’

Sri Lankan Government Rejects Rebel Appeal For Truce

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

[VoA]

In Sri Lanka, the government has rejected an appeal by the European Union for a cease-fire with Tamil Tiger rebels. Intense fighting is under way in the northeast, where the military is trying to capture the last strip of territory held by the rebels. The government’s outright rejection for a truce with Tamil Tiger rebels came a day after the European Union said the situation of civilians trapped in the war zone is dangerous and called for a cease-fire to allow humanitarian aid into the region.

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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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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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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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Calls for temporary truce and humanitarian corridors in Sri Lanka

Friday, February 6th, 2009

[Amnesty International]

Amnesty International has called on the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to immediately declare a temporary humanitarian truce and create humanitarian corridors. This would allow more than a quarter of a million civilians trapped in the Wanni region to escape the ongoing war and also let food, water, and medical assistance reach these civilians who cannot leave. Amnesty International also demanded that the Sri Lankan government ensure that displaced people who have fled the conflict zone to transit centres do not face improper restriction on their movement and are kept safe.

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Sri Lanka Government Withdraws From Cease-Fire After Bomb Attack in Capital

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2008

[VOA]

The Sri Lankan government has decided to formally withdraw from a cease-fire agreement with Tamil Tiger rebels.

Government officials say the country’s Cabinet decided to annul the 2002 Norwegian-brokered truce Wednesday, after a proposal from Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake.

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