The government will not challenge the LTTE`s decision to launch satellite broadcasts to South East Asia, covering the entire SAARC region, from a secret location in the Vanni, The Island learns.
Well informed sources said that the government would not confront the LTTE over this issue.
The LTTE, despite being proscribed by the US, the British and topping the list of organizations facing UN sanctions over child conscription, had negotiated a deal with Euro star, a major European satellite services provider.
Government regulations prohibit launching satellite broadcasts without approval. The Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (TRC) remains the sole licensing authority. The sources said that the government would not take up this issue.
The so called National Television of Tamileelam (NTT) is using Eurostar at 11.5GHz. Their broadcasts will reach India, parts of Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Mayanmar and China for two hours between 13.30 - 15.30 GMT.
The LTTE is believed to have secured the equipment needed, in the Vanni, to mount the operation during the previous UNP administration with the help of Norwegian facilitators. During the Cease-Fire Agreement (CFA) they secured the State-run Rupavahini`s assistance to broadcast LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran`s annual policy speech made in late November.
The LTTE inaugurated the broadcasts less than a week ago. The Eurostar has given the LTTE to go live, the sources said while describing the new service a joint operation involving the NTT and the Voice of Tigers (VOT).
The LTTE launched satellite broadcasts to Europe on 26 March 2005. This went unchallenged. The LTTE has succeeded in negotiating a fresh deal with the Eurostar management to expand the services to South East Asia.
The Paris based LTTE activists are believed to have played a major role in inaugurating their broadcasts in March this year.
The LTTE is contemplating expanding its coverage to the US.