Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tigers say ready for ceasefire

February 23, 2009 (AFP) – Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tiger rebels Monday said they were ready to comply with international calls for a ceasefire but would not lay down their arms. With rebel forces cornered in the northeast of the island by government troops, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) appealed to foreign powers to step in and broker a truce. “The international community must do everything in its power to bring a ceasefire so that the miseries of the Tamils… are brought to an end,” a statement from the Tigers said.