Rev. Bishop, Rev. Father, Rev. Sister, Brother, Sister,
Fisher people in many areas in the northern province are facing serious difficulties on their living, livelihoods, and occupations due to various issues pertaining to them. At the same time the situation become further deteriorated due to the Indian trawlers which are poaching in to the SL waters mainly in the northern sea of the SL exclusive economic zone.
National Fisheries Solidarity Movement(NAFSO) has been involving to find a solution on this issue with promoting people to people dialogue between SL fishermen and Indian fishermen since 2002. The struggles of northern province fishermen through the alliance of northern province fisher people have become a standstill as their voice is not heard the policy makers and fisheries governing bodies. Situation became further deteriorated as newly elected Tamil Nadu government consider the SL-India fisheries issue as a political leverage to pressure SL government. So, there is a serious need for an intervention as concern citizens both north and south together.
In this context, we as NAFSO want to implement a dialogue between the North and South people who are concerned the situation of people in the war affected areas.
We have organized a meeting to discuss about the plans on above purpose at 10 am on 21st of July 2012 in NAFSO office, Negombo.
You are cordially invite to attend thus meeting.
Coordinator-People to People Dialogue,