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Norway’s indirect dismissal of LTTE accusations against ....

[b]Norway’s indirect dismissal of LTTE accusations against security forces: The Scandinavian monitors acknowledge presence of Karuna faction[/b]

By Sugeeswara Senadhira – Reporting from Colombo

[b] Colombo, 10 September, (Asiantribune.com): [/b]The Norwegian lead Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) has, acknowledged the presence of a strong breakaway faction of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) which is fighting the Vanni LTTE in the East. SLMM spokesperson Ms. Helen Olafsdottir said that truce monitors patrolling areas dominated by Karuna cadres had met some renegade cadres.

Describing them as ‘chance meetings’, she said that as far as she could recall the last meeting with the Tamil National Force ( Karuna loyalists faction) was on May 29, 2005.

This is the first time the SLMM has admitted the meetings with TNF, since the former eastern LTTE commander V. Muralitharan, popularly known as Colonel Karuna, who announced the breakaway from the main group in March 2004.

Military analysts say that the SLMM’s acknowledgement of the presence of Karuna faction is also a clear dismissal of the LTTE allegation that the military was responsible for recent attacks on LTTE units in the east. The LTTE blamed the military for the killing of over a dozen cadres in the last few months.

The SLMM, however denied that there had been a formal meeting between Scandinavian truce monitors and senior representatives of the Karuna group in the Batticaloa District. There were only a few chance meetings, Olafsdottir said.

Shortly after the break-up in March last year Karuna sought meetings with the Norwegian-led truce monitoring mission and the Sri Lanka army. But both parties turned down the renegade’ request in deference to maintaining relations with the LTTE.

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