Deal?

Top bureaucrats were frantically trying to secure a deal with the LTTE for relief to reach thousands affected by the Tsunami in areas under their control. Top bureaucrats were frantically trying to secure a deal with the LTTE for relief to reach thousands affected by the Tsunami in areas under their control. Government still has to forward projects to donors for the initial pledges to become firm aid commitments.

Experts say donors will shy away from honoring pledges unless aid reaches everybody, is not pilfered and does not divide the government and the LTTE further.

Air Force helicopters on routine search operations in the northern Jaffna peninsula make U turns ahead of the no man’s land.

Because a few hundred meters away is the LTTE front line. No man’s land cannot be crossed by air or land.

The ground below is also mined.

Not far from no man’s land on the government controlled area are dozens of fishing villages.

Tsunamis’ lashed these villages two weeks ago killing 2640 people.

Casualties on the other side of the “no mans land” divide in the Mullaitivu district are heavier.

Government estimates 300