?We are aware that the Cease-Fire Agreement (CFA) identifies the LTTE controlled areas and that they can bear arms within those territories. In the joint statement we have agreed to disarm all armed groups including the `Karuna` faction and criminal gangs in the South. The SLMM will submit a report to the next round of talks assessing to what extent the military managed to disarm them.
?It was reported that the LTTE was using criminal gangs to carry out killings in Colombo. The LTTE will make use of the opportunity to put the blame on the Government for not disarming the gangsters.It has been the habit of the LTTE to do so. The LTTE held the paramilitary groups and civilians, responsible for the spate of violence in December and January. ?The LTTE has not been able to wage war because of the `Karuna` faction. The LTTE delays waging war for fear of the `Karuna? faction supporting the Sri Lankan military. Hence, the `Karuna` faction is an important element. In this context, the Government`s undertaking to disarm the `Karuna` faction, is sad. This is similar to former President Ranasinghe Premadasa`s decision to arm the LTTE to fight the IPKF.
?The President should be careful not to repeat the mistake, as they did the last time during the Geneva talks. If you don`t do so, we will withdraw our support to the Government and would take to the streets against the Government,? said the JHU in a statementissued after the All Party Conference.