Sri Lankan president vows aid deal with Tigers amid Clinton pressure

Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga Sunday vowed to share foreign aid with Tamil rebels a day after former US president Bill Clinton urged local politicians to support the controversial move. Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga Sunday vowed to share foreign aid with Tamil rebels a day after former US president Bill Clinton urged local politicians to support the controversial move. Kumaratunga was “very committed” to establishing the proposed “joint administrative machinery,” her office said in a statement Sunday following her talks here with Clinton Saturday.

“The president said this was not a part of the peace process, but that she believed it would help move the stalled peace process forward.”

Norwegian-brokered peace talks remain on hold since April 2003.

Kumaratunga is facing opposition to any deal with the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) from her own coalition partner, the Marxist JVP, or People’s Liberation Front, which has threatened to quit.

“The president referred to the resistance to it from some members of the ruling alliance, apprehensions of the (minority) Muslim community and the silence maintained by the main opposition party,” Kumara