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EU may ban Karuna group

Karuna group is being equated with the LTTE men, reports PK Balachandran.

india Updated: Jun 09, 2006 15:16 IST

To the European Union (EU), there is nothing to choose between the mainstream LTTE group led by Velupillai Prabhakaran and the breakaway group led by Karuna.

Both are terrorist, according to the Dutch Ambassador in Sri Lanka, Reynoult van Dijk.

The Liberation Tigers were not freedom fighters, and the Karuna group was doing precisely what the mainstream LTTE was doing, the envoy had pointed out in his interview recently to Daily Mirror.

"We don't exclude him (Karuna) from being a terrorist organisation. And every entity that can be established as being accomplice to him will also be held responsible," he warned.

The envoy said that the Sri Lankan government would have to be aware of this because it was alleged that the government was "tolerating" Karuna.

"This lays a very heavy responsibility on the government who had been alleged for supporting the Karuna faction."

"So far, there have been indications that he has been tolerated," the Ambassador said.

"The international community is looking forward to traceable proof that this is not the case."

"We are looking forward to a government response to what we feel about him, (Karuna)" the envoy said.