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Govt.again rejects LTTE's offer for truce

(February 23, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said that the government today (Feb 23) rejected fresh LTTE offer for an immediate ceasefire, saying that the Tigers must lay down their arms first.

The government statement came after the LTTE political head B. Nadesan, in an appeal to the United Nations and heads of co-chairs countries yesterday, said the organization was ready to comply with international calls for a ceasefire but would not lay down their arms.

The appeal urged the international community to effect a ceasefire and initiate a political solution as a priority than insisting LTTE to lay down arms, reports 'Tamil Net', citing the appeal.

'When a permanent political solution is reached for the Tamil people, with the support and the guarantee of the international community, the situation will arise where there will be no need for the arms of the LTTE,' the website further says, citing the appeal.

Read LTTE's letter to the International Community

-Sri Lanka Guardian

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