Heavy lobbying for
aid freeze ease
The Sri Lankan government is engaged in heavy lobbying for
the easing of the aid freeze imposed by several countries, The
Minister of Public Administration and Home Affairs, Karu
Jayasuriya is currently negotiating with Germany’s Foreign
Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier for a lifting of the aid
freeze, while Professor G.L. Peiris is currently in Washington
DC, meeting with US State Department officials.
Professor Peiris has told the Washington Times newspaper that an
aid freeze should not be used against a democratic government
grappling with terrorism. He told the American newspaper that
none of these restraints were being used against the terrorist
group. Sri Lanka has already seen a loss of assistance from the
US and a dip in its Millenium Challenge Cooperation.
As an immediate step towards releasing aid to Sri Lanka, the
French government has decided to reactivate a highway project in
the east covering 141 km of the A15 road connecting the
Batticaloa and Trincomalee Districts. The government will also
launch three new projects to construct bridges across Verugal,
Puppu Aru and Gange, The Nation learns.