U.S. officials have expressed hope that cooperation in tsunami relief efforts in Indonesia and Sri Lanka will help enhance dialogue between warring factions in each of those countries.
In Jakarta today (Tuesday), Secretary of State Colin Powell said he hoped the crisis would create some openings and opportunities for greater political dialogue between Indonesia's government and Aceh separatists, and between Sri Lanka officials and that country's Tamil Tigers
The governments and rebel groups in both countries made conciliatory statements soon after the December 26 tsunami. But the Tamil Tigers have since accused Sri Lankan officials of denying them aid, and rebels in Aceh have accused Jakarta of similar action.
Indonesia and Sri Lanka are the two countries hardest hit by last week's tsunami.