Resurgence event emphasizes Vavuniya Declaration, urges EU to reconsider stand

[TamilNet, Thursday, 27 October 2005, 18:04 GMT]
Thousands of people gathered in Vavuniya Urban Council grounds Thursday at 3:30 p.m. to reaffirm July 27 Vavuniya Declaration. Tamil National Alliance parliamentarians, academics, religious leaders and social activists attended the event which also urged the European Union to reconsider its stand on travel restrictions on Liberation Tigers officials on visiting EU member states. Vavuniya was the venue of the initial Tamil National Resurgence Conference that proclaimed that an environment must be created to enable Tamils to decide their political destiny calling for the Sri Lankan Armed forces to vacate the land and seas of NorthEast.

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Vavuniya Resurgence Conference
Vavuniya Resurgence Conference
Vavuniya Resurgence Conference
Vavuniya Resurgence Conference
The event marked the concluding round of districtwise resurgence events in the NorthEast.

Residents from the various parts of the Vavuniya district, including the LTTE controlled areas, attended the event.

Tension prevailed in Omanthai checkpoint as a bicyle convoy from Vadamaradchi in Jaffna was blocked at the checkpoint North of Vavuynia by the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) soldiers.

The youths had set off from the SLA controlled Valvetithurai in Vadaramardchi at 6:30 a.m, and passed Kilinochchi town noon.

Vanni District TNA parliamentarian, Mr. Sathasivam Kanagaratnam and Jaffna District TNA parliamentarian Mr. M. Eelaventhan rushed to the checkpoint to resolve the dispute. However, the Sri Lankan soldiers mannning the checkpoint refused to allow the bicycle convoy to proceed.

Although the SLA had previously agreed to keep the A9 road open till 8:00 p.m, the soldiers at the Omanthai checkpoint closed the roads at the usual time of 6 p.m.

Many participants were forced to stay in Vavuniya overnight, sources said.

Sri Lanka Army and Sri Lankan policemen were deployed in the town and civilians were subjected to severe checking, civil sources said.

Officials including the acting Vavuniya District Government Agent, Mr. V. Visvalingam, took part in the resurgence event.

No violent incidents were reported, said Vavuniya Police Officer In-Charge (OIC) Mr. AMC Abeyasinghe Banda.

Bicyle convoy from VVT
A section of the bicylcle convoy of the youths from Vadamarchchi passed Kilinochchi Thursday noon


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