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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 79

Jittery LTTE hit by rival Tamils insist on government disarm

[b]Jittery LTTE hit by rival Tamils insist on government disarming dissident cadres[/b]

[b] Colombo, 15 March,[/b] As the Tamil Tigers' security conditions in the East becomes increasingly untenable and vulnerable, the demand for the disarming of Karuna faction continues to mount. Threats, intimidations and attacks are unleashed to force the Sri Lanka Government to fight a dirty war with the Karuna’s Group in the East. This tactic is partly to put pressure on the Government before the next talks due to be held in late April, according to observers.

In an interview with Daily Mirror, LTTE’s Batticaloa political head Daya Mohan told that the government should act fast and get rid of the group and save the peace process from collapsing.

Anton Balasingham too fired his threat when he said: "The Geneva peace talks will face grave danger if the Sri Lanka government refuses to disarm Tamil paramilitary organizations and continues allowing them to launch offensive military operations against our military positions in Batticaloa district."

These statements were made shortly after it was alleged that Karuna Group had attacked the LTTE’s base of Kattumurippu located within the uncleared area on the evening of 10 March, 2006. These reports also claim that more than 10 LTTE cadres were killed and many sustained injuries.

Balasingham’s statement reflects the rapidly eroding security conditions for its remaining cadres in the East.

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