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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 78

Kidnapping of TRO personnel a propaganda trick of the LTTE

[b]Kidnapping of TRO personnel a propaganda trick of the LTTE to abandon talks -- Karuna's spokesperson [/b]

[b]Colombo, 02 February, ( [/b]ThamilEelam Makkal Viduthalai Puligal (TMVP) has dismissed the kidnapping accusations leveled against them by the LTTE as a propaganda ploy to abandon the proposed talks in Geneva. When Asian Tribune contacted the TVMP spokesperson, Thooyavan (a nom de guerre), he said that it would be a violation of their unilateral declaration of a ceasefire . "TMVP is not that mad to kidnap LTTE personnel soon after declaring a unilateral ceasefire ," he said.

Explaining the reason behind this kidnapping story he said that this, - it is a propaganda ploy of the LTTE to (1) pull out of the proposed talks in Geneva and (2) to throw mud at the TMVP. "My guess is that the LTTE will produce them with some one to come up before a group of LTTE media personnel to allege TVMP was behind the kidnapping, sooner or later once they had got the mileage from their propaganda," he said.

Thooyavan also said that having studied pictures released by the LTTE they are certain that they had not seen any one of them working for the TRO in the east. He also denied carrying out any such kidnapping operations against anyone. He added: "If it is true that the TRO agents of the LTTE were kidnapped then it is an open admission by the LTTE that it has lost its grip in the east because they can't give protection to their own TRO agents."

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