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LTTE radio facility was first turned down - govt. statement

December 28 Island: The government in a statement regarding the issue of a licence to the LTTE peace secretariat to operate an FM radio transmission facility stated that the LTTE request was initially turned down by the government stating it could not be granted since no exemptions or duty on VAT were being permitted by the government.

However, the embassy of Norway in Colombo was approached by the government to resolve the issue to which the LTTE was no part.

The Norwegian government in terms of its agreement with the government had agreed to finance the setting up of institutional mechanisms to take forward the peace process providing assistance of over Rs. 12. million.

The Norway embassy had agreed to act as the consignee for the equipment.

The government had ordered that the broadcast of programmes should be in accordance with the norms, standards and code of ethics followed by the SLBC.

It has also ordered that programmes should be confined to educational, sports, entertainment and foreign news.

(27/12/02 go2lanka.com)