The dominant sentiment here is that Washington's role in Sri Lanka is a boost to the peace process. For one, it allays the majority Sinhalese community's fear that the LTTE could exploit the ceasefire, as it has in the past, to rearm and regroup. What's bolstered the confidence of the Sinhalese is Washington's veiled threat that it would extend the war against terrorism to Sri Lanka were the Tigers to break the ceasefire deal.
The signs of Washington's involvement in Sri Lanka were aplenty. First, US assistant secretary of state for South Asia Christina Rocca flew into Jaffna to meet PM Ranil Wickremesinghe who was touring the peninsula. And then Rocca declared, "We have a much greater interest this time as we feel that this is the best chance for peace in Sri Lanka. This is an opportunity for a good-news story to emerge from South Asia."