US, EU, others urge Tamil Tigers to surrender to end civil war
Amidst the growing concern for the safety of tamil civilians trapped in the war zone in the Sri Lanka, many key supporters of Lankan government's action against rebel tigers have appealed to tamil tigers to surrender and finish the long ongoing war to avoid civilian casualty.
The quartet, known as the Co-Chairs, asked the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in a statement here to negotiate terms of a surrender with the government of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who has vowed to crush them.
They "call on the LTTE to discuss with the government of Sri Lanka the modalities for ending hostilities, including the laying down of arms, renunciation of violence" and accept an amnesty.
"There remains probably only a short period of time before the LTTE loses control of all areas in the north," the statement from the quartet, who backed the island's failed Norwegian-led peace process, said.
"The LTTE and the government should recognise that further loss of life of civilians and combatants will serve no cause."