US asks Sri Lanka’s warring parties to strengthen truce after aid deal

The United States asked Sri Lanka’s government and Tamil Tiger rebels Monday to strengthen a fragile truce between them after they entered into a controversial deal to share aid pledged after the tsunami. The United States asked Sri Lanka’s government and Tamil Tiger rebels Monday to strengthen a fragile truce between them after they entered into a controversial deal to share aid pledged after the tsunami. Colombo and the Tigers have agreed to a joint mechanism to distribute billions of dollars in foreign aid among survivors of the December 26 tsunami that killed 31,000 people in Sri Lanka and left a million homeless.

“If implemented properly, this mechanism will help to ensure efficient and equitable reconstruction assistance to those whose lives were devastated by the South Asia tsunami in the north and east of Sri Lanka,” the US said in a statement.

It said Washington hoped the experience the two sides will gain by working together would help build confidence and lead to progress in the broader peace process which has been stalled since April 2003.

“It is even more important now that the two parties take all possible steps to see that the ceasefire is observed and strengthened,” the sta