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Tamil Tiger renegade vows no return to war in Sri Lanka

A top rebel who led an unprecedented split within the Tamil Tigers vowed he would not return Sri Lanka to its three-decade war but rejected an amnesty offered by the guerrilla chief. Breakaway regional commander V. Muralitharan, better known as Karuna, told AFP in an interview he would not start a factional war against his former boss Velupillai Prabhakaran, whom he said had been preparing for war despite a truce of more than two years with the Sri Lankan government. “Lives sacrificed should be meaningful,” Karuna said at his tightly-guarded Karadiyanaru base near this eastern Sri Lankan town, 303 kilometres (189 miles) east of the capital Colombo. “If one has to make it meaningful it means going away from war. If we are to enter war again, it means we are going to lose precious lives again. This is the present reality.” Full Story

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