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Sri Lanka Rebels Urged into Lay Dow in Arms Before Considering Truce
but jehan perera of the national peace council says the government has made little progress in addressing the political issues which ignisted the ethnic conflict .
from new delhi, anjana pasricha reports the government hopes to crush the rebels, who have been fighting for an independent tamil homeland for a quarter century .
the government launched an offensive against the tamil tigers in the north earlier in the year after evicting them from their eastern bases .
the head of colombo's national peace council, jehan perera, says the government fears that the tamil tigers, also known as the litte (liberation tigers of tamil eelam) could use a ceasefire to rearm .