Foreign donors accuse Marxists of sabotaging Sri Lanka peace bid

From left: Dr. Fernando Im, Senior Country Economist for Sri Lanka and the Maldives, The World Bank, Hon. Eran Wickramaratne, State Minister, Ministry of Finance and Mass Media, Dr. W A Wijewardana, Former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, Prof. Indralal de Silva, Former (Chair) of Demography, University of Colombo, Prof. Amala de Silva, Department of Economics, University of Colombo at the panel discussion on "Demographic Change in Sri Lanka" moderated by Dr. Ramani Gunatilaka, International Centre for Ethnic Studies.

International aid donors asked President Chandrika Kumaratunga to rein in her Marxist ally after accusing them of undermining Norwegian-led peace efforts in a move that push Sri Lanka back to war. International aid donors asked President Chandrika Kumaratunga to rein in her Marxist ally after accusing them of undermining Norwegian-led peace efforts in a move that push Sri Lanka back to war. Japan, the United States and the European Union, which co-chair efforts to drum up international financial support to rebuild Sri Lanka, said in a statement Wednesday that they were “deeply concerned” about the Marxist JVP.

Ambassadors of Japan, the Netherlands and the US met with Kumaratunga late Tuesday to convey their concerns over the JVP’s campaign against peace broker Norway and attempt to revive talks based on a rebel proposal for self-rule.

“The representatives expressed bewilderment that a member party of the Freedom Alliance (of Kumaratunga) could engage in such a campaign in absolute contradiction of the clearly stated position of the president and the government that they endorse and support the Norwegian role,” the diplomats said in a joint statement.

The JVP, whose support is cruc