Tigers seek direct foreign aid after Sri Lanka court blocks aid deal

Tiger rebels today asked the international donor community to fund them directly to help tsunami survivors after the Supreme Court effectively blocked a land-mark aid sharing deal. Tiger rebels today asked the international donor community to fund them directly to help tsunami survivors after the Supreme Court effectively blocked a land-mark aid sharing deal. The rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) said they were no longer interested in sharing the three billions dollars of assistance pledged by foreign donors with the Sri Lankan government after Friday’s court ruling.

On Friday Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court, citing constitutional issues, blocked the deal to share donor aid between the government and Tiger rebels who have waged a separatist war that has left more than 60,000 dead since 1972.

The deal, reached with the help of Norway almost six months after tsunamis devastated the island nation killing nearly 31,000 and leaving one million homeless, is now in limbo.

The LTTE’s political wing chief S. P. Thamilselvan was quoted by their website as saying they were “not concerned any more” about the Post-Tsunami Operational Management Structure set up by the de