Following a string of assassinations, the United States is urging the government and the Tamil Tigers to rebuild trust and renew peace talks.

Following a string of assassinations, the United States is urging the government and the Tamil Tigers to rebuild trust and renew peace talks. Following a string of assassinations, the United States is urging the government and the Tamil Tigers to rebuild trust and renew peace talks. A new tax on construction projects with retrospective effect from January 01 this year could mean a spike in tsunami reconstruction costs. “In light of this discussion, we urge the parties to take steps to work to rebuild trust and schedule the promised talks as soon as possible,” Adam Ereli, Deputy Spokesman, U.S. Department of State said Friday.

The statement comes following a review meeting between Deputy Secretary Armitage and the U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka Jeffrey Lunstead, which included the recurring acts of violence such as assassinations and suicide bombings.

The US says, President Chandrika Kumaratunga has shown her desire to move forward on the peace process launched with the 2002 ceasefire.

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) also needs to respond positively and enter talks with the Sri Lankan Government.

“The ceasefire a