Friday, January 30, 2009

Sri Lanka War News Updates -- January 30 - 31, 2009

The area controlled by the Tamil Tigers has been squeezed by a government offensive
launched in January 2008. Image from AFP

Sri Lanka Rejects Ceasefire With Tamil Rebels -- AFP

COLOMBO (AFP) — Sri Lanka on Friday rejected growing international calls for a ceasefire amid fears for the safety of 250,000 civilians trapped as the military pushed for victory against Tamil rebels.

Human Rights Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe said there would be no let-up in the military campaign against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) despite calls for a truce.

"There will be no ceasefire," the minister told reporters after a meeting with Colombo-based diplomats. "We will continue with our military operations and we will continue to liberate areas which have not been liberated so far."

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More News On Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka rules out cease-fire with rebels -- Yahoo News/AP
Tigers say civilians will remain -- BBC
Sri Lanka vows safe passage for civilians but no truce -- Reuters
Sri Lankan President Appeals to Rebels to Allow Civilians to Flee War Zone -- Voice Of America
Sri Lanka to rebels: Let civilians flee war zone -- AP
Sri Lanka urged to protect Tamil civilians -- Financial Times
Blood on many hands as Tamil Tigers' insurrection faces military defeat -- Northern News
UN Leads Evacuation From Sri Lanka -- New York Times
UN Evacuates Wounded Civilians From Sri Lanka -- Washington Post
Tamils Given 48 hrs for Civilian Passage -- The Times
Sri Lanka Leader Vows Safe Passage -- BBC News
Tamil Tiger Leader Wounded -- The Times
U.N. rescues 50 children from Sri Lanka fighting -- CNN
Sri Lanka urged to end war reporting ban -- AFP

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