The Sri Lankan military may enact a short ceasefire in its offensive against Tamil rebels to allow thousands of trapped civilians to escape the fighting, a state-run newspaper said Sunday. The United Nations and many countries around the world have called for non-combatants to be protected as government troops move to crush the Tamil Tiger guerrillas, who have been pushed to the brink of defeat. Sri Lankan army chief Lieutenant General Sarath Fonseka would agree to a "48-hour pause in firing if there is a guarantee that civilians will be allowed to move out of the no-fire zone freely," the Sunday Observer reported. Both sides have been accused of attacks inside the small coastal area that the government has designated as a "no-fire zone."