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Sri Lanka’s key lenders will hold fresh talks with Tamil Tiger rebels to assess tsunami damage amid hopes of finalising a reconstruction plan estimated to cost 1.5 billion dollars, officials said Sri Lanka’s key lenders will hold fresh talks with Tamil Tiger rebels to assess tsunami damage amid hopes of finalising a reconstruction plan estimated to cost 1.5 billion dollars, officials said The Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) and the World Bank (WB) will hold talks Tuesday with Tiger guerrillas, although Colombo has yet to agree with the rebels on aid delivery.

World Bank country director Peter Harrold said they expect the warring parties to decide on a joint mechanism while the lending institutions go ahead with talks with the Tigers on an immediate needs assessment report.

“We understand discussions are going on (between Colombo and the Tigers) about disbursements in the northeast,” Harrold told reporters on Monday. “We expect some agreement.”

Tuesday’s meeting will be the first between the three lenders, who account for 80 percent of international aid to Sri Lanka, and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam since the 1.5 billi