Sri Lankan aid-sharing deal stirs political turmoil

Sri Lanka’s controversial deal with Tamil rebels to share tsunami aid could trigger snap elections and delay the resumption of Norwegian-brokered peace talks, analysts and diplomats said. Sri Lanka’s controversial deal with Tamil rebels to share tsunami aid could trigger snap elections and delay the resumption of Norwegian-brokered peace talks, analysts and diplomats said. The Oslo-arranged “joint mechanism” to share tsunami relief was inked June 24 after months of secret talks but it split the coalition and gave a moribund opposition the power to make or break the government.

Political analysts said the rightwing United National Party (UNP) was not expected to topple the minority regime immediately but would mobilise supporters to recover from its crushing defeat in April last year.


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