to discuss JM in Washington tomorrow
The co-chairs of the Tokyo donor conference are to meet in Washington
tomorrow to discuss, among other things, the proposed Post-Tsunami
Operations Management Structure (P-TOMS).
Burns, US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs is to take
over the chairmanship of the co-chair group from former US Deputy
Secretary of State Richard Armitage.
of the Ceasefire Agreement (CFA), especially the recent spate of
killings, and the status of the peace process will also be taken
up at the meeting, diplomatic sources said. They said the possibility
of accommodating India as one of the co-chairs may also be taken
up during the meeting.
sources said that the US was expected to push for stronger measures
against the LTTE to abide by the ceasefire agreement. This was one
of the issues Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar discussed with
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice when he met her in Washington
earlier this month.
Kadirgamar drew attention to paragraph 18 of the Tokyo Declaration
endorsed by some 51 countries in June 2003 that pledged assistance
to the reconstruction of the country, particularly the North and
East, and said the international community should press the LTTE
to remain committed to the principles enunciated in that document.
They include adherence to the ceasefire, permitting democratic dissent,
preventing violations of human rights, ensuring the interests of
the Muslims and eventual disarmament.
Rice had said the US remained strongly committed to ensuring that
these principles were adhered to, and the framework evolved should
be one that would bring democracy to the entire country. Japan's
special peace envoy Yasushi Akashi and Norway's Deputy Foreign Minister
Vidar Helgessen will attend the meeting. The European Union is the