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IMF under pressure to delay Sri Lanka’s $1.9bn aid loan

May 1, 2009

The Guardian – IMF under pressure to delay Sri Lanka’s $1.9bn aid loan

The International Monetary Fund came under growing pressure yesterday to delay a $1.9bn (£1.3bn) emergency loan to Sri Lanka, as Colombo emphatically rejected British and French calls for a ceasefire in its campaign against the Tamil Tigers.

A day after David Miliband, the foreign secretary, and his French counterpart Bernard Kouchner called for a truce on a visit to the country, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said that he “did not need lectures from western representatives”.

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