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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2426

Karuna declares unilateral ceasefire with warning to LTTE

[b]Karuna declares unilateral ceasefire with warning to LTTE[/b]

[b]Colombo, 30 January, ( [/b]V.Muralitharan (Colonel Karuna), Leader of the TamilEela Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal (TMVP), yesterday announced a unilateral cessation of their "self-defence campaigns against the Tamil Tigers" to enable President Mahinda Rajapakse to negotiate a permanent peace settlement for the Tamils and Tamil-speaking people in particular and to Sri Lanka in general.

He said that the Politburo of TMVP decided on this course of action after reviewing the current political situation.

However, he emphasized that "in case Vanni Tigers ignore our Unilateral Ceasefire and continue with their killing spree by attacking our members or our supporters, then TMVP will not stop at simply lodging a complaint with the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission and sit idly."

He added, "It should be also reiterated that TamilEela Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal has no confidence in the SLMM as they have proved beyond doubt, that they are discriminatory, biased and adopts a highly partisan approach."

Muralitharan (Colonel Karuna) declared: " in case our members or our supporters are attacked, we will not hesitate to retaliate against those who wish to test our resolve."

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