The Norwegian Postal Authority, Posten Norge, has issued an apology to the Sri Lankan Ambassador in Oslo, Rodney M. Perera, for the recent issuance of LTTE stamps in Norway.
It is of utmost importance to us that these stamps [featuring LTTE symbols] are not related to any official stamp issue by Posten Norge. This is related to a production of “personal stamps” which can be ordered through our webshop by anyone, choosing a personal image by themselves. All orders related to personal stamps are checked by us, and it is our policy never to produce stamps showing “illegal, inappropriate or improper” images. Unfortunately, we regret to learn that the order in question passed our quality and assurance control without being stopped, the President and CEO of Posten Norge, Dag Mejdell said in a letter addressed to the Ambassador.
These stamps were ordered in a very small quantity. The customer has been informed that the order is violating the conditions for ordering personal stamps and the user account has been closed, Posten Norge President said.
"Please accept our sincere apologies for the inconvenience caused by having delivered personal stamps with the LTTE image," he added.
Other Norwegian government authorities too have publicly shared these sentiments expressed by the President & CEO of Posten Norge. Thus, LTTE images and symbols have been termed as illegal, inappropriate and improper.