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Renegade S.Lanka rebels won’t disarm yet

A breakaway Sri Lankan rebel leader, whose feuding with the Tamil Tigers is threatening a fragile ceasefire and is central to peace talks this week, said on Monday his forces would only disarm if the main group does. President Mahinda Rajapakse vowed last week to rein in armed groups the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) say are attacking them, but V. Muralitharan, alias Col. Karuna, who split with the rebels in 2004, told Reuters his group would resume attacks if provoked. “If Sri Lanka forces disarm all the armed groups and us … it will only give legitimacy for the LTTE to extend its writ to kill us,” former Tiger commander Karuna said in an e-mail interview confirmed via a personal telephone conversation. Full Story

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