Sri Lanka warned to keep war rhetoric down, Tigers take flak

From left: Dr. Fernando Im, Senior Country Economist for Sri Lanka and the Maldives, The World Bank, Hon. Eran Wickramaratne, State Minister, Ministry of Finance and Mass Media, Dr. W A Wijewardana, Former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, Prof. Indralal de Silva, Former (Chair) of Demography, University of Colombo, Prof. Amala de Silva, Department of Economics, University of Colombo at the panel discussion on "Demographic Change in Sri Lanka" moderated by Dr. Ramani Gunatilaka, International Centre for Ethnic Studies.

Top foreign aid donors Tuesday warned Sri Lankan political parties against undermining a fragile peace process and accused Tamil Tiger rebels of carrying out political assassinations to jeopardise a truce. Top foreign aid donors Tuesday warned Sri Lankan political parties against undermining a fragile peace process and accused Tamil Tiger rebels of carrying out political assassinations to jeopardise a truce. The United States, the European Union, Japan and Norway, co-chairs of efforts to drum up international financial support for Sri Lanka’s peace bid, said they were concerned about killings as well as rhetoric in campaigning for next month’s presidential vote.

“The co-chairs look to all parties to refrain from violence and from statements and acts that could undermine progress toward the peaceful resolution of the conflict after the elections,” they said in a statement issued after a meeting in New York on Monday.

The co-chair members stressed that a peaceful resolution to Sri Lanka’s drawn out ethnic conflict could be achieved only through a negotiated political settlement based on a federal state.

The ruling party’s candidate for the November 17 ballot, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse,