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Kumaratunga Vows to Share Tsunami Aid with Tamil Rebels

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Sri Lanka's president has vowed to press ahead with sharing foreign aid with Tamil rebels despite losing support of a key coalition partner who quit the government in protest.

President Chandrika made the remarks as she addressed the nation on television after the Marxist People's Liberation Front withdrew its support of her minority government.

She admitted that her 14-month-old government was reduced to a minority after Thursday's withdrawal, but she said her government will not collapse.

She said a joint tsunami aid-distribution mechanism with the Tamil rebels will be good for peace and the economy.

International donors have insisted that the Tamil rebels should be included the distribution process. But the Marxists oppose the move, saying such an agreement would help the rebels' cause for a separate state.

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