A Vicious Sectarian War is Taking Place among Tamils in Eastern Sri Lanka
The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and the breakaway faction known as the Tamil People’s Liberation Party (TMVP) are involved in rising violence.
Both the government and the LTTE have failed to abide by pledges made in February 2006 peace talks in Geneva. The LTTE promised to desist from violence and the government agreed to rein in armed groups operating in its territory, including the TMVP. Most analysts assume that TMVP, led by former Tiger commander Karuna, is funded, armed, and sheltered by the Sri Lankan army, which sees the group as a convenient proxy force against the LTTE.
Randeep Ramesh, “Tigers Tear Each Other Apart,” The Observer, 7 May 2006.