Two ministers fail in cease-fire effort

April 30, 2009 at 12:30 PM

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, April 30 (UPI) -- The French and British foreign ministers say they have failed to negotiate a cease-fire in Sri Lanka.

Bernard Kouchner of France and David Miliband of Britain said they were unable to convince Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa to reach an agreement with rebel leaders, The Times of London said Thursday.

Kouchner and Miliband had been attempting to bring about a cease-fire agreement to help protect citizens living in parts of Sri Lanka that are occupied by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

The United Nations estimates 50,000 non-combatants are living in areas exposed to violence between government and rebel forces.

Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Trending Stories
Chelsea Clinton accidentally calls Bernie 'President Sanders'
Watch every star-studded Super Bowl commercial of 2016
Susan Sarandon responds to Piers Morgan criticizing cleavage
Two Virginia Tech students plotted 13-year-old's death, prosecutors said
Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice got classified email on private accounts