The Lanka Academic

 
JUNE 1, 2004 EST, USA
 
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VOL. 5, NO. 57

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Donors warn Sri Lankans over stalled peace talks
Associated Press, Tue June 1, 2004 11:49 EDT . - - BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) Major donors to Sri Lanka - warned the government and Tamil Tiger rebels Tuesday that the south Asian nation risked loosing international aid unless peace negotiations resume soon. The four met to review the situation in Sri Lanka - where a two-year cease-fire is under threat following recent slayings of prominent Tamils. The rebels warned Tuesday of ``calamity and destruction'' unless the military takes immediate steps to halt assassinations.

The donors' expressed ``rising concern'' and condemned such killings, calling on all sides to respect the cease-fire.

Sri Lanka - 's military has denied involvement in the killings. Norwegian peace monitors, who have been trying to save the cease-fire from collapsing, said a Sri Lankan general is scheduled to meet with rebel leaders Wednesday to discuss the situation.

The peace process has been suspended since April last year when the rebels withdrew from talks. Last week, a Norwegian peace broker failed to get the two sides to agree on a new round of negotiations.

The meeting in Brussels included U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage and EU External Relations Commissioner Chris Patten.

They said donors should be ready to speed up aid to Sri Lanka - if peace talks resumed. ``Development assistance would inevitably increase as the negotiations made progress,'' their statement added.

The donors urged the Tigers to release all remaining underage soldiers in their ranks and urged the inclusion of the island's Muslim minority in negotiations to find a political settlement.

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Published: Tue Jun 1 12:57:21 EDT 2004

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