On the verge of annihilation, the LTTE on Sunday announced a unilateral ceasefire, saying that that the humanitarian crisis in Sri Lanka's war zone can only be overcome by a truce, but the government quickly rejected the offer and instead asked the rebels to surrender. The LTTE said it is announced the ceasefire in the face of an "unprecedented humanitarian crisis" and in response to the calls made by the UN, EU, US, India and other countries. "All of LTTE 's offensive military operations will cease with immediate effect. As the first step we have now announced this unilateral ceasefire and call upon the international community to pressure the Sri Lankan government to reciprocate it," it said in a statement. Reacting to the Tigers truce offer, Defence Secretary Gothabaya Rajapaksa said there was no question of ceasefire with the LTTE .