Sri Lanka court blocks tsunami deal with Tigers

Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court Friday effectively blocked a controversial government deal with Tamil Tiger rebels to share billions of dollars in foreign aid for tsunami survivors. Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court Friday effectively blocked a controversial government deal with Tamil Tiger rebels to share billions of dollars in foreign aid for tsunami survivors. Chief Justice Sarath Silva said locating the headquarters of the proposed Post Tsunami Operational Management Structure (P-TOMS) in a rebel-held area was illegal.

The proposed fund to which international donors were expected to contribute was also illegal, the judge held.

The court ruling effectively blocks the aid deal that was arranged by Sri Lanka’s peace broker Norway, which has been trying to bring the rebels and the Colombo government back to the peace negotiating table they left in April 2003.

The chief justice ordered four crucial clauses in the P-TOMS agreement suspended until the conclusion of a petition against the deal. The next hearing was fixed for September 12.

The Marxist JVP, or People’s Liberation Front, challenged President Chandrika Kumaratunga’s move last month after quitting her coalit