Sri Lanka Rejects Rebels' Ceasefire Call

Gov't calls Tigers' move 'a joke,' demands a full surrender
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 26, 2009 10:53 AM CDT
Sri Lankan soldiers look on near a display consisting of arms captured from Tamil Tiger rebels in Killinochchi.   (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
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(Newser) – Surrounded by government forces and citing an “unprecedented humanitarian crisis,” Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tigers declared a unilateral ceasefire today that was immediately rejected, the Guardian reports. Sri Lanka’s defense chief called the ceasefire “a joke. They were not fighting with us, they were running from us. They must surrender.” At least 2,000 people were killed in the fighting last month.