The United Nations has turned down the LTTE request for the declaration of an immediate ceasefire, Government Defence spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella said yesterday.
The LTTE had made the request to the UN on Thursday (7) and the UN had informed the Government of Sri Lanka about the request.
Foreign Secretary Palitha Kohona was informed by the UN that the LTTE had made the request on an urgent basis stating that the government armed forces were attacking the Tamil people of the Kilinochchi District from two fronts, he said.
But the LTTE had not stated that they would lay down their arms in the event of a ceasefire, Rambukwella said.
Rambukwella also said the LTTE request had come in the wake of the increased assault on their positions by the armed forces in a bid to get the attacks stopped.