On Sunday, 27 August 2017, the Preparatory Committee for an extraordinary congress of EPDP North America Zone (USA and Canada) held an all-membership teleconference for situation review and for updating members on latest zonal and party activities. This is one of a chain of meetings called by the Preparatory Committee this summer in the aftermath of a disruptive period that stalled North America Zone activities for nearly a year following a Central Council decision to suspend from party membership of a party member till the next EPDP congress.
According to the press statement of the Preparatory Committee, the meeting discussed, among other things, the recommendations it sent for possible consideration at the 8th regular EPDP Central Council meeting which is in session this month. Also raised at the meeting was a petition - with its misleading claims and figures - sent to the Central Council by some of the unruly ex-NA zone leadership members who until now stand opposed to abide by party rules and regulations that wished to interpret them in their own erroneous ways.
Reports of various task forces were presented and reviewed at the all-membership electronic meeting. The organizational mobilization committee reported on its performances so far accomplished and noted that membership screening and enrollment will be a continuing process. Also discussed were relevant EPDP constitutional provisions on party membership and the appropriate actions that need to be taken on those who fail to live up to the expectations of party rules and discipline.
Likewise, the finance and information-diplomacy committees presented their reports that included future plans of action. For example, the information and diplomacy committee explained its intention of reviving joint work with sister organizations in the Eritrean opposition camp, cooperation with humanitarian societies and governmental institutions while also effectively confronting hostile elements, including those serving as hidden agents of the dictatorship in Eritrea.
The meeting was briefed on latest party activities that included contents of the EPDP memorandum to Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano on 25 August urging the Italian Government to provide decent housing to those Eritrean refugees now left in the streets of Rome after being forcibly evicted from an old building they were sheltered at, some of them since 2013.