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Sri Lankan Govt rejects call to pause fight -

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Reporter: Leigh Sales

LEIGH SALES, PRESENTER: The Sri Lankan Government has rejected a call from the United Nations for a
pause in their fight with the Tamil Tigers.

Between 15,000 and 20,000 people are still trapped in a narrow coastal strip of 12 square
kilometres as Government forces continue their final assault to crush the rebels. UN figures show
that almost 6,500 civilians have died and 14,000 have been wounded in the conflict in the last
three months. Over 100,000 people have fled the area of fighting this week and are now living in
Government camps.