Sri Lanka's government on Thursday rejected international calls for a halt to the war against Tamil rebels, hours after the United Nations Security Council called for civilian lives to be spared.
"We are not going to succumb to international pressure to stop the offensive," Media Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena told reporters.
He also appeared unmoved by the UN Security Council statement issued late Wednesday.
The UN statement urged the Sri Lankan government and the Tamil Tigers to "ensure the safety of civilians" and "respect their obligations under international humanitarian law."
"We have no problem with it," Yapa said.