COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (CNN) -- Tamil Tiger rebels said Thursday that they are ready "to implement every clause" of a ceasefire from which the government withdrew last week.
The rebel announcement comes after a week of heavy fighting triggered by the government's decision to abandon the ceasefire.
A government offensive designed to crush the rebels has led to deaths on both sides in recent days.
Rising violence also killed a government minister earlier this week -- an explosion killed D.M. Dassanayake, minister for nation building, on Tuesday.
The government blamed Tamil Tiger rebels for that attack.
A Tamil Tiger statement accused the government of abandoning a 2002 ceasefire "without any justification."
Brokered by Norway in 2002, the ceasefire has long existed in name only, as the two sides resumed fighting two years ago. E-mail to a friend
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