Aid Tied Down

An international donors meeting on Sri Lanka next week is expected to push for a resumption of peace talks between Colombo and Tamil Tiger rebels, the US State Department said.rn
The meeting in Brussels will be among Norway, Japan, the European Union and the United States, which are leading efforts to drum up financial aid for Sri Lankas peace drive. rn

rnState Department spokesman Richard Boucher said Wednesday they would review assistance efforts, discuss humanitarian and basic reconstruction aid to war-devastated areas, and express support for a resumption of peace talks. rn

rnThe Brussels meeting of the donor co-chairs of the Tokyo Conference on Reconstruction and Development of Sri Lanka will be hosted by the European Unions External Relations Commissioner Chris Patten. rn

rnBoucher said Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage will represent the United States at the talks. rn

rnThere has been no major breakthrough since the Norwegian-brokered peace negotiations between the Sri Lankan go