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Sri Lankan government and Tigers war over tsunami relief

The Sri Lankan government and Tamil Tiger rebels are warring over how huge amounts of international aid should be doled out to tsunami survivors in the disputed northeast, reducing prospects of reviving the Norway-backed peace process in the island nation. Sources close to the rebels said talks between the two sides on the mechanism of aid distribution virtually failed with the Tigers’ chief negotiator, Anton Balasingham, leaving the country early today without a compromise being reached. “The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam want the majority control in whatever arrangement is put in place in the northeast, but the government will not have it,” they said. The LTTE, which initially appealed for foreign aid to be sent directly to them, want no interference from the government but Colombo says the treasury will have to supervise the handling of aid funds. Full Story

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