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The four co-chairs of peace have expressed disappointment over the current political situation and repeated their call on the Sri Lankan government to resume peace talks.
The co-chairs turned down a government request to de-link the peace element from the aid package, in the light of the current political situation and a breakdown in peace talks.rn

rnThe principles of the Tokyo Declaration, makes clear that assistance by the donor community must be closely linked to substantial and parallel progress in the peace process, the co-chairs said. rn

rnThey called on all political figures to work to ensure that parliamentary elections scheduled for April 2 are free, fair, and peaceful, and conducted in an atmosphere free of political violence throughout the country, a statement from the US State Dept., Richard Boucher said. rn

rnThe four chairs endash United States, European Union, Japan and Norway endash met in Washington on Tuesday to discuss the international communitys support for peace and evalu