Foreign donors warn Sri Lanka over escalating violence

Sri Lanka’s main international donors Tuesday asked the Colombo government and Tamil Tiger rebels to take action to stop escalating violence and stem a wave of political killings undermining a fragile truce. Sri Lanka’s main international donors Tuesday asked the Colombo government and Tamil Tiger rebels to take action to stop escalating violence and stem a wave of political killings undermining a fragile truce. The United States, Japan, the European Union and Sri Lanka’s peace broker Norway at a meeting in Washington expressed concern about the upsurge in violence on the island, said a joint statement released in Colombo.

“We note with utmost concern that while full-scale hostilities have not resumed, respect for the ceasefire agreement has been undermined by persistent violence…,” said the statement, issued after Monday’s meeting.

It said there had been killings of individuals affiliated with both parties and asked the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to stop murdering rivals and government and military officials.

The Tigers were also asked to stop recruiting child soldiers.

Known as the “co-chairs” of the international effort to drum up financial backing for Sri Lanka