Minister says ‘fines and prison terms’ for SL and Indian fishermen will end

Minister says ‘fines and prison terms’ for SL and Indian fishermen will end

Minister says ‘fines and prison terms’ for SL and Indian fishermen will end

Written by News 1st

17 Jan, 2014 | 7:49 am

Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Rajitha Senaratne says that preparations have been made to sign to a Memorandum of Understanding between his Indian counterpart as a means of resolving the Indo-Sri Lanka fisheries issue.

The Minister made this statement upon his arrival to the country on Thursday, following his visit to India to discuss the issue relating to fishing between the two neighbouring country.

The minister arrived at around 11 p.m. Thursday night.

On his arrival the Rajitha Senaratne spoke to Newsfirst on his visit to India, and its outcome,

“In fact the Indian government has expressed its fullest support to any decision that will be taken in this regard. It was promised that the Indian government will extend funds required to develop Sri Lankan fishermen as well. Those fishermen who are taken into custody are to be treated according to a structured process. We intend putting an end to the imposition of fines and prison terms and treat this matter as two friendly nations. We intend finalising this Memorandum of Understanding shortly and signing it soon.”

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