Sri Lanka: No cease-fire, rebels must surrender
This war is ending soon, probably
within days, with a Sri Lanka victory.
The big question is what happens next.
Will there be reconciliation or another war?
Sri Lanka's prime minister on Thursday rejected calls for a cease-fire from donor countries concerned by reports of growing civilian casualties in the South Asian nation's civil war and instead demanded the Tamil Tiger rebels' unconditional surrender.
Sri Lankan forces captured the insurgents' biggest sea base Thursday — cutting off their main supply point in the latest in a string of military victories that has squeezed the Tamil Tigers into a 30-square-mile (85-square-kilometer) sliver of coastal land.
Ultimately, it is the government’s denial of the right of Tamils to self-determination that remains the main obstacle to peace.
The SLA is an army of occupation in Tamil areas. Its removal from these areas is a precondition for peace.
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