Armitage to go to Brussels for Sri Lanka donors meeting

US Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage is to travel to Brussels next week for talks with fellow donors on the current status of the peace process in Sri Lanka, the State Department said. US Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage is to travel to Brussels next week for talks with fellow donors on the current status of the peace process in Sri Lanka, the State Department said. He would meet with officials from Norway, Japan and the European Union — the other co-chairs of the Tokyo Conference on Reconstruction and Development of Sri Lanka.

The meeting comes amid a warning from donors to the Sri Lankan government that it risked returning to war if it did not overcome opposition from coalition allies and resume peace talks with Tamil Tiger rebels.

Japan, the United States and the European Union last week said they were “deeply concerned” about President Chandrika Kumaratunga’s Marxist ally the People’s Liberation Front, or JVP, and its actions against peace efforts.

Foreign governments and multilateral agencies, who in June last year pledged 4.5 billion dollars in aid, were impatient with the JVP for writing a letter asking for Norway’s withdrawal from the peace proc