Sri Lanka set to enter aid deal with Tigers, Marxists warn of protests

Sri Lanka is on the verge of clinching a deal with Tamil Tiger rebels on sharing foreign aid for post-tsunami reconstruction, official sources said Thursday, as Norway kept up shuttle diplomacy to save the faltering peace process. Sri Lanka is on the verge of clinching a deal with Tamil Tiger rebels on sharing foreign aid for post-tsunami reconstruction, official sources said Thursday, as Norway kept up shuttle diplomacy to save the faltering peace process.

Sources close to the government said the deal, seen as a prelude to saving Sri Lanka’s peace bid, would “most likely” be signed on Friday.

Norwegian diplomats here, meanwhile, made an unscheduled visit to the rebel-held town of Kilinochchi Thursday, a day after the guerrillas said that their talks with Oslo’s deputy foreign minister Vidar Helgesen brought no results.

Details of the sudden visit by Norwegian diplomats were not immediately known but it came as a senior minister, Maithripala Sirisena, told parliament that the proposed joint mechanism with the Tigers will be debated in parliament Friday.

The government’s Marxist ally, the JVP or People’s Liberation Front, said it will launch peaceful demonstrations across the country from Friday to block the impleme