Orden of European Parliament Visits Jaffna
[Updated :: 2011-11-26
the European Parliament Friends of Sri Lanka Group Mr. Geoferey
Van Orden along with a few other officials arrived in Palaly as
a part of his two day fact-finding visit in the North.
On his arrival to Headquarters Security Forces – Jaffna (SF-J),
he was received by the Commander SF-J Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe
who presented a detailed account on the development of social, economical,
health and educational spheres in Jaffna in the aftermath of the
three decade long conflict.
Mr. Orden was keen on the accelerated de-mining which has so far
cleared more than 98% of the affected lands in Jaffna and resettlement
of IDPs already completed.
SF-J Commander explained the envoy that effective Civil Military
Coordination prevailing in Jaffna has shaped high level of mutual
cooperation between Security Forces and the civil sector. Mr. Orden
appreciated the welfare measures, specially the housing project
for the poor initiated by the Army for Jaffna populace.
He also met Bishop Jaffna Most Rev. Fr. Dr. Thomas Saundranayagam
at the Bishop House and a section of civilians at the Jaffna Civil
Affairs and Public Relations Office of the Security Forces Headquarters
– Jaffna before visiting a few important places in the city.
Immediately after the visit in Jaffna, Mr. Orden and his retinue
flew to Mullaithivu.