Indo-SL fishermen issue: Lankan delegation off to India

Indo-SL fishermen issue: Lankan delegation off to India

Indo-SL fishermen issue: Lankan delegation off to India

Written by Staff Writer

26 Jan, 2014 | 8:20 am

A special delegation departed to India on Sunday for discussions regarding the Indo-Sri Lanka fishermen issue.

Director General of the Department of Fisheries Nimal Hettiarachchi said that five officials including himself are to engage in these discussions in India. An official from the Attorney General’s Department too will participate in discussions.

Additionally, the Department of Fisheries said that ten fishermen representing fishing communities from Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mannar, Puttalam, Chilaw and the southern region will be joining them on their journey to India.

Nimal Hettiarachchi said that they hope to carry out discussions with fishermen and officials in Tamil Nadu.

Meanwhile, 138 of the 212 Sri Lankan fishermen and twenty out of the forty fishing vessels that were in Indian custody have been released. According to the Department of Fisheries, 74 Sri Lankan fishermen and 20 fishing vessels are currently in Indian custody.

The Department also stated that 111 of the Sri Lankan fishermen who were released have arrived in the country along with three fishing vessels. Sixteen Sri Lankan fishermen who were released are due to arrive in the country on Sunday along with 10 fishing vessels.

Meanwhile 278 Indian fishermen and 39 fishing vessles in Sri Lankan custody have been released.

The Department of fisheries said that 35 Indian fishermen and 57 fishing vessels are currently in Sri Lankan custody.

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