Protests continue while EPDP reduces Nedunthivu strength
[TamilNet, Monday, 16 December 2002, 16:39 GMT]
The para military Eelam Peoples Democratic Party (EPDP) Monday decided to
halve its strength in Nedunthivu Island in Jaffna district at the general council meeting of the EPDP held
Monday following a month long agitation by the people of Nedunthivu
demanding the immediate withdrawal of para military group members.
"We have decided to reduce our strength to half in Nedunthivu Island to
extend our full co-operation to the peace process now being taken forward,"
said EPDP general secretary and the Jaffna district parliamentarian Mr.
Douglas Devananda in a press release Monday.
A month ago the Sri Lanka Navy brought about forty members of the EPDP in
its crafts to the Nedunthivu Island. The Police gave protection to the EPDP
cadres when they landed in the island. SLN and police continue to provide
protection to the EPDP cadres.
EPDP cadres gradually began leaving the island due
to the protest by the villagers against their presence leaving only about
twenty EPDP members staying in Nedunthivu village now, residents said.
A delegation of EPDP met the Jaffna Bishop Rt Rev.Thomas
Soundaranayagam Sunday and discused the possibility of reducing the number
of its members to half in Nedunthivu island. The delegation suggested that
the EPDP would withdraw all its members except ten including the Chairman
of the Nedunthivu Pradeshiya Sabah to run the administration of the said
local body. Later Bishop RT Rev. Thomas Soundaranayagam paid a visit
to Nedunthivu Sunday and held about two hour talk with the people of the
village regarding their protest campaign against the presence of EPDP
members. The Bishop told the residents to pray for an amicable solution to
However, Nedunthivu residents' protest campaign against the presence of the
EPDP members entered thirty-first day Monday. Residents still demand the
complete withdrawal of EPDP members from their village, sources said.
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