The External Affairs Ministry has alerted Sri Lankan missions in Europe to monitor LTTE front organizations in the wake of the “stamp- gate”, an attempt being made by sympathizers of the group keep its propaganda alive through the use of postal stamps.
The postal stamps have been issued in France and the U.K. by LTTE sympathizers using a facility that is made available by the postal services in those countries for its citizens to obtain personalized postal stamps as souvenirs.
An External Affairs Ministry spokesman said that this facility has been mis-used by the LTTE front organizations as propaganda for the LTTE which violate the philatelic laws in those countries.
The LTTE is a banned organization in the U.K. as well as France.
Meanwhile the Sri Lanka High Commission in London said that the Royal Mail has apologized for the issue of the stamps which contain the picture of slain LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran.
The High Commission had contacted the Royal Mail after the incident was reported. The Royal Mail had investigated the matter and apologized saying all further orders have been cancelled immediately.