Ban calls on Tamil Tigers to release civilians during new year ceasefire

04/13/2009 | Bloomberg

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Tamil Tigers must allow trapped civilians to leave a northern war zone during a halt to hostilities called by the government of Sri Lanka to recognize the new year holiday. More than 100,000 civilians are trapped without aid or relief in an area of active combat between rebel and government forces -- though rebels claim the civilians are staying voluntarily.

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