Sri Lanka has reacted furiously to a spate of "personalised" foreign postage stamps bearing the image of slain Tamil Tiger rebel supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran.
The stamps, from Britain, Canada and France, were reportedly put together by overseas Tamil Tiger support groups, using services sanctioned by state postal agencies that allow people to combine personal photos with official stamps.
"Sri Lanka has protested in the strongest possible terms and made it clear that any foreign mail with these stamps will not be welcome in Sri Lanka," a foreign ministry official told AFP on today.
The official said they were the work of a "terrorist rump" trying to keep the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) alive after their final military defeat by Sri Lankan troops in May 2009.
Following a formal complaint, Britain's Royal Mail apologised "for any distress caused" and said it had blocked the offending stamp and cancelled the account it was created on.
Earlier this month, the foreign ministry called in the French ambassador to register its "acute concern" over similar stamps that had been put together there.
As well as images of Prabhakaran -- killed in the final military offensive against the LTTE -- the stamps showed the LTTE flag with its sword-crossed tiger emblem.
The LTTE is listed as a terrorist organisation by the European Union and Canada, as well as the United States. (Source: AFP)
Royal Post has lowered itself by appoligizing accussed war criminals who are scared of facing international inquiry.
Guru Saturday, 14 January 2012 04:32 AM
There will be more and more surprises to MR & Gota.
Modaya Saturday, 14 January 2012 09:25 AM
Well Done Royal Mail! Do Sri Lankan Government Institutions ever admit to, or apologise for, making a mistake?
sunimal Saturday, 14 January 2012 09:50 AM
I don't think at present any distress has been caused, though impending distress is foreseen for the future. How about MI 5/6 investigating the people behind the account now the identity is known?
raymond Saturday, 14 January 2012 12:25 PM
It is manifestly clear that Britain's Royal Mail has been play acting. Sri Lankans are not that dumb!!
mike Saturday, 14 January 2012 10:42 PM
This stamps will have a phitalatic value in future as it was printed by Royal Mail,and later cancelled,worth collecting as it was printed by Royal Mail and withdrawn later.One of the rarest incidents in the history of phitialitic.
Sammy Sunday, 15 January 2012 03:55 AM
The Royal Mail has belittled itself by having to apologize for the mistake of permitting the issuance of a postage stamp bearing the dead leader of a terrorist organization which has been internationally proscribed.
prasa Friday, 13 January 2012 05:56 PM
How about prosecuting the user for violating the 'terms and conditions" of printing personalized stamps - which the user explicitly agree before submitting the request?
otherwise this will show that Royal Mail discriminate when it comes to prosecuting users who break the terms of printing personalized stamps.
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I.V.Edirisinghe Friday, 13 January 2012 10:29 PM
It is very interesting to note the internationalization of SriLankan politics.As long as justice to Tamil minority is not handed out within the bounds of SriLanka ,one can not expect LTTE activity to cease. It is like the perpetuation of JVP politics within the political structure of SriLanka.As long as the problems of youth are not addressed by the state JVP is expected to survive. My question is whether the current system of SriLankan society and economy is capable of solving burning problems in the north and south of SriLanka to keep the island in peace. For that I think we need secular politics without a ias to religion, ethnicity, caste etc.
Nodrog Saturday, 14 January 2012 01:19 AM
Apologies alone not enough. Find and prosecute those responsible. Those stamps were an insult to all Sri Lankans.
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