Produce LTTE application for Radio Station – PA to Government
[December 20, 2002 - 11.00 GMT]

The opposition today challenged the government to produce the written application by the LTTE for the Voice of Tigers Radio Station (VOT).

Spokesman for the People’s Alliance Dr. Sarath Amunugama said, “To our knowledge the LTTE did not even apply, there is no written application. There is a law in this country that makes a written application mandatory. The law of this country should be upheld. This could have been a strong negotiating tool, but instead the government has sold out to the Tigers.”

“We challenge the government to produce the written application. It is vital because the Tigers would never ask the government for permission. To do so would go against their philosophy. This is a fundamental legal problem for the LTTE. To ask for permission would mean to recognize a central government.”

Claims and counter claims have raised serious doubts over the legality of the handing over by the government of sophisticated radio equipment to the LTTE in the Wanni earlier this month.

Stressing that it was an issue of grave concern, Amunugama also expressed regret at the misuse of diplomatic immunity by the Ambassador of Norway in whose name the equipment is reported to have been consigned.

“This is an act of treason with everyone involved someday having to answer to the public,” Sarath Amunugama said.

Director General of The Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRC) Themiya Hurulle declined to comment on whether an application had been received from the LTTE.







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Last Updated Date: December 20, 2002  - 11.00 GMT.

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