The U.N. Security Council meets Wednesday to discuss Sri Lanka, as the army pushes deeper into rebel territory and thousands of civilians try to escape.
France's U.N. ambassador, Jean-Maurice Ripert, says the council will hear a report from a U.N. special envoy to Sri Lanka, Vijay Nambiar who recently visited the country.
France, which requested the meeting, condemned the actions of Tamil Tiger rebels and urged them to surrender and free thousands of people still trapped in a small patch of rebel-held territory.Sri Lanka's army has cornered the Tigers in an eight-square-kilometer area.
Two key rebel officials surrendered on Wednesday, but other top rebel leaders, including Tamil Tiger chief Vellupillai Prabhakaran, are still at large. The military says the rebels' chief spokesman, known as Daya Master, turned himself over to authorities, along with a top political aide, S.P. Thamilselvan.