Citizens Committees in Kayts
COLOMBO: The Sri Lanka Navy has set up Citizens Committee Meetings in
Kayts with the intention of providing a platform for the people in the
area to voice their concerns, the Peace Secretariat said yesterday.
The inaugural meeting held on the 23rd of May 2006 was well attended
by over 750 citizens of Kayts, Pungudathive and Mandathive. These
meetings have proved to be a confidence building measure among civilians
regarding their safety, and also as a means of obtaining assistance to
get on with their normal day to day life. Modalities were also worked
out to help civilians return to their homes at the earliest. This has
resulted in a number of families returning to their homes on their own.
During the Citizens Committee Meetings it was evident that the
majority of civilians were appreciative of the role played by the Sri
Lanka Navy as well as by Government officials.
They were especially full of praise for the prompt action taken by
the Sri Lanka Navy to control the fires on May 13, which prevented many
properties being destroyed The Kayts Island has been subjected to
increased LTTE terrorist attacks since December 2005, where many
incidents of claymore attacks on the Navy and killing of civilians took