Tamil Tigers resist foreign aid pressure amid fresh diplomatic moves

Tamil Tiger rebels have warned foreign aid donors not to interfere in Sri Lanka’s faltering peace bid amid fresh diplomatic moves to salvage the process, a pro-rebel website reported Thursday. Tamil Tiger rebels have warned foreign aid donors not to interfere in Sri Lanka’s faltering peace bid amid fresh diplomatic moves to salvage the process, a pro-rebel website reported Thursday. The rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam said they were not bound by a declaration issued by international donors who pledged some US$ 4.5 bn to help rebuild Sri Lanka, at a June 2003 meeting in Tokyo.

“We have already rejected the ‘Tokyo Declaration’ as an unwarranted intervention by extra-territorial forces in the peace process,” the pro-rebel Tamilnet website quoted Tiger chief negotiator Anton Balasingham as saying.

His remarks came as Japan’s special peace envoy Yasushi Akashi ended a mission to try to salvage the tottering peace bid and expressed the hope that stalled negotiations between Colombo and the Tigers could resume soon.

The Tokyo aid conference arranged by Akashi called for tangible progress in the peace process before donors could release the promised aid spread over a period of f