SL – India talks on fishing issue pave way for mid-sea exchange

SL – India talks on fishing issue pave way for mid-sea exchange

Written by News 1st

16 Jan, 2014 | 8:20 pm

The Indo-Sri Lanka Joint Fisheries Committee gathered in New Delhi on Thursday for the first time.A special committee comprising of six representatives from both India and Sri Lanka was appointed on Wednesday to find a permanent solution to the Indo- Sri Lanka fisheries issue.

The committee’s inaugural session was held at the agriculture ministry premises in New Delhi.Director General of the Fisheries Department, Nimal Hettiarachchi, Adviser to the Ministry of Fisheries, Dr. S. Subasinghe and Additional Solicitor General, Suhada Gamlath of the Attorney General’s Department attended the event.

Navy Media Spokesperson, Commander Kosala Warnakulasooriya stated that 103 fishermen freed from India and Sri Lanka were exchanged in the seas off the northern coast of Kankesanthurai.

Of these 103 fishermen, fifty two Sri Lankan fishermen were released from Indian custody while 51 Indian fishermen were released from Sri Lankan custody.

Minister Senaratne also met with Indian Tamil Nadu Raja Sabha member, Manishankar Aiyyar and discussed the Sri Lanka – Tamil Nadu fishing issue.

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