The personalized stamp promoting the LTTE that was distributed in Canada has never been printed by Canada Post and it is a false representation says Canada Post Corporation’s President and CEO Deepak Chopra in a communication to the Sri Lankan High Commissioner,Chitranganee Wagiswara in Canada.
He was replying to a letter sent by the High Commissioner to him and the Minster of Post by Canada concerning the alleged print of a personalized stamp bearing LTTE symbols by Canada Post.
The stamp in question published by Tamil Youth Organization – Canada (TYO) depicted a map of the land mass of the sovereign territory of Sri Lanka which the LTTE sought to establish a mono-ethnic racist state called “Eelam” for the exclusive residence of the Sri Lankan Tamils by force of arms including suicide terrorism. On the face of the stamp, the words ‘I REMEMBER TAMIL GENOCIDE’ has been printed from the top to the bottom on the left hand side.
The personal stamp referred to ‘was not printed by our Picture Postge programe and is in no way part of our official philatelic program, which goes through a very careful selection process including approval by our Board of Directors", said Canadian Post CEO in his communication to the Sri Lankan High Commissioner in Canada.
Earlier La Poste of France also denied that similar stamps printed by pro-LTTE group there were official. La Poste issuing a statement also apologized for the lapse on their part which made it possible for pro-LTTE groups to use its name.
Text of the letter sent by Canada Post Corporation: