In an exclusive Channel 4 interview, Selvarajah Pathmanathan said that the LTTE Tamil Tigers’ leader Velupillai Prabhakaran is in the besieged zone with 2,000 Tamil fighters.

He also said –

* he had spoken by phone to Prabakharan for four hours, and the orders to lay down arms came from him
* this is not a surrender – the Tigers are laying down arms to protect 25,000 injured Tamils in the area
* 3,000 civilians have been killed in the area in the last 24 hours
* the doctors who were speaking to the outside world have escaped, but one is injured and another has been arrested and is in a Sri Lankan military camp