Donors take stock as dead bodies pile up in Sri Lanka

May 28, 2006 (AFP) – Sri Lanka’s key foreign aid donors will meet to reevaluate the troubled nation’s faltering peace process this week at a meeting in Tokyo as blood continues to be spilt in the south Asian nation. Japan’s peace envoy Yasushi Akashi is to host a meeting of the United States, the European Union and Norway in order to review their involvement in Sri Lanka’s faltering peace process.

“There will be soul-searching,” Akashi said during a visit to Colombo earlier this month.

“Where are we with the peace process? Where we should be going? Why is there not enough progress in the process.”

Nearly four years ago Akashi, a former UN diplomat with experience in Cambodia and Kosovo, said the Sri Lankan peace process was a “shining beacon” for other nations, as he aimed to help end three decades of ethnic bloodshed.

More recently, Akashi and other diplomats have privately expressed their frustration at the faltering process, while publicly remaining positive, hoping that a promises of funds could woo the government and rebel Tamil Tigers back to the negotiating table.

In June 2003, Akashi helped raise 4.5 billion dollars to boost the Norwegian-led peace effort.

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