International Donors Say Aid is Dependent on an End to Violence

Sri Lanka's main donors—Japan, Norway, the European Union, and the United States—told the government and the Tamil Tigers that they needed to honor their ceasefire agreement if financial aid was to continue.

The donors have pledged $4.5 billion to foster peace. They have provided $3.4 billion during the past 3 years. More than 20 percent of the aid has been allocated to the northern and eastern parts of the country, including Tamil Tiger-controlled areas.

Japan’s peace envoy Yasushi Takashi warned that Japan might freeze the Tigers’ assets if the LTTE kept up its violent activities.

“Donors Say Sri Lanka Aid Depends on End to Fighting,” Reuters AlertNet, 30 May 2006.