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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 108

Karuna on a collision course with Sri Lanka Government.

[b]Karuna on a collision course with Sri Lanka Government.[/b]

[b]Colombo, 27 February, ([/b] Colonel Kauna in a combative mood adamantly refuses to disarm. The renegade Tamil militant leader told on Sunday that his group refuses to lay down arms and will end a unilateral ceasefire and fight the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) if attacked.

Karuna's uncompromising stance may be a new headache to Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajpakse, who has agreed to disarm all armed groups to prevent any future attack by the LTTE.

Sri Lanka Government agreed with the LTTE at a two-day conference held on 22 -23 February, in Geneva that no armed group other than government security forces carries arms or conducts armed operations subsequent to LTTE's insistence that the state act before new talks due in April.

Karuna thundered, "No one can impose their will on us to take (arms) them from us, which we use only for defensive purposes."

The unconciliatory position taken by the Colonel Karuna, according to a Colombo based diplomat would amounts to putting the President of Sri Lanka and the Government in a quandary.

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