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LTTE warns cadres to keep away from Karuna

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), yesterday said that their cadres should "comprehend Karuna's treachery and keep away from him."

"To safeguard our nation and our people, it has been decided to get rid of Karuna from our soil," the LTTE said in a statement posted on its peace secretariat website.

It said LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran, 49, was ready to grant a discharge from the organisation for cadres who abandon Karuna, 37.

"In spite of the advice, if any of the cadres decide to arm in favour of Karuna, he or she would be deemed responsible for the consequences," the LTTE said. "The demise of such a cadre will not be with the honour of a martyr."

The Tigers charged that Karuna led the breakaway on March 3 when he was called by the Tiger leader for an inquiry into his "immoral conduct, fraudulent financial transactions and arbitrary assassinations".

Karuna had said that he decided to break away because the Prabhakaran had asked him to send 1,000 combatants to the North.Karuna has said he commands about 5,000 fighters.

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