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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 82

US Promises Aid against Tigers

[b]US Promises Aid against Tigers[/b]

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

[b]United Nations, 21 January, (IPS): [/b]As the four-year-old ceasefire in Sri Lanka is on the verge of crumbling, the United States has offered to strengthen its military assistance programmes and increase training for government forces if the country's rebel group resumes its separatist war in the northern and eastern provinces.

After meeting with senior officials in Washington last week, Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera said the objective of his trip was to keep Washington abreast of "the current status of the peace talks, where it has got stalled, and the need for it to be resumed as early as possible".

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), which has been declared a foreign terrorist organization by the U.S. State Department, has been accused of several recent attacks on Sri Lankan troops even while a Norwegian-monitored ceasefire is on.

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