French and British envoys Wednesday urged a halt to fighting as concerns deepen about 50,000 trapped civilians.
The campaign against the Tamil Tigers appears to be ending. But deep ethnic divides behind the conflict remain.
The government says the war is in its last stages, as thousands of civilians remain trapped in the conflict zone.
A two-day cease-fire aimed at letting civilians flee ended with little success
Caution is guiding the international response as fighting intensifies between the government and the rebels.
The Army appears on verge of crushing Tiger rebels.
Many see the Army's all-out fight as the only way to defeat Tamil rebels. But ending a cycle of ethnic conflict in the country may prove harder than a military victory.
Relieved to be out of the fighting, they also chafe at strict rules and often grim conditions.
The Tamil Tigers seem to be cornered, despite an air attack Friday. But many predict a drawn-out fight to the end.
Just days after a defiant air attack, the LTTE has proposed a cease-fire in the where its fighters are boxed in by a military advance.