Saturday, May 16, 2009

SRI LANKA: Trade Partners Considering Economic Pressure

By Nuwan Perera

COLOMBO, May 16 (IPS) - The United States, joined by the UK, France and other EU states, are stepping up economic pressure on Sri Lanka to stop killing of civilians during ongoing battles with Tamil guerrillas in the North. The countries are planning on using a proposed IMF bailout package and trade concessions as bargaining tools.

"I think the international community is putting economic pressure on the government as nothing else has worked [in relation to international appeals to stop fighting and avoid civilian casualties]," said Jehan Perera, political commentator and executive director at the National Peace Council (NPC) here. Full text