Germany apologizes over LTTE stamps

The German postal department has apologized over the distribution of LTTE stamps saying it was done unintentionally.

Following reports, which appeared in LTTE-affiliated websites and media regarding the issuing of personalised stamps in Germany depicting symbols of the LTTE, the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Germany registered Sri Lanka’s vehement protest and deep concern on the issue to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany.

The Foreign Ministry said that while expressing regret about the motive of abusing the postal service of the Deutsche Post AG by LTTE elements in Germany, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany has advised the Deutsche Post AG to take immediate measures to reject subsequent orders forwarded by LTTE elements.

Dr. Rainer Wend, Executive Vice President, Corporate Public Policy and Responsibility of the Deutsche Post AG apologised to the government and the people of Sri Lanka in his letter, addressed to H E the Ambassador, whilst expressing that the Deutsche Post has produced and delivered a small quantity of stamps in question without deeper knowledge about the LTTE connection with the motive.

With regard to the already delivered stamps, Dr. Wend added that ‘Deutsche Post AG has exercised technical precautions to block the produced stamps and prevent their usage as postage. Additionally, measures have been set in place to better prevent further abuse of the customization service’.