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India concerned over LTTE radio equipment: cable

Colombo: India had expressed concern to the Sri Lankan government on allowing the Tamil Tigers to import radio equipment amid fears that it would equip the LTTE "broadcasts to reach Tamil Nadu," a secret cable from the US embassy here has revealed.

The diplomatic cable leaked by the whistleblower website WikiLeaks said the government, headed by the prime minister Ranil Wickremasinghe in 2002, had requested assistance of the Royal Norwegian government, the facilitator of the troubled peace process, to import radio equipment for the LTTE`s radio "Voice of Tigers" during the ceasefire period.

A worried India had expressed concern to the government over the issue.

"The Indian government reportedly has expressed concerns to the GSL that the equipment will allow LTTE broadcasts to reach Tamil Nadu," the cable said.

It was believed that the equipment were to allow the VOT radio to upgrade its FM capability.

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