Sri Lanka needs to return to the negotiating table with the LTTE to untangle US$ 4.5 billion in international aid, but talks with the Tamil rebel faction still seem distant.
After a four-day situation analysis, Japans Special Envoy to the Sri Lankan Peace Process left it open for the government and the LTTE to set a date to restart peace negotiations putting paid to speculation that talks would begin soon. rn
rnJapanese peace envoy Yasushi Akashi who ends four-day field trip to Sri Lanka today said, ldblquote it will not be a matter of days or weeks, but maybe sometime in the course of summer,
dblquote when peace negotiations would resume.rn
rnThe delay, said Akashi would give both parties time to ldblquote reflect on the content of negotiations.
rnHowever, the delay also puts a stopper on international aid, vital for rebuilding the war ravaged North and East and to put in place key infrastructure in the rest of the island in order to spur rapid economic development. rn