Discussion on Indo-Lanka fishermen – issues still floating

Discussion on Indo-Lanka fishermen – issues still floating

Written by Staff Writer

27 Jan, 2014 | 9:32 pm

The discussions carried out in Chennai regarding the Indo-Sri lanka fishermen issue has come to an end without the parties being able to strike a deal

Sri Lankan Deputy High Commissioner in Chennai, Sabarullah Khan said that recommendations of both parties have been directed to the two governments.

Discussions are likely to resume in February or March with Sri Lanka hosting the talks ..The talks between representatives of fishermen of Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka got underway in Chennai  on Monday morning to resolve issues faced by fishermen from Sri lanka and India.

Discussion also centered on hardline topics such as breaching maritime boundary laws by Indian and Sri Lankan fishermen.

Thirteen representatives of the India Fisheries Associations and ten representatives of Sri Lanka Fisheries Associations were present at the discussions. Five government representatives including Nimal Hettiarachchi, Director General of the Department of Fisheries participated at Monday’s meeting.

Representing Tamil Nadu, the state’s Fisheries Minister K.A. Jayapa, Secretary of Fisheries S. Vijayakumar and Joint Secretary, to the Indian Ministry of External Affair Suchitra Dura attended the meeting.

Meanwhile, Issuing a communique The Jathika Hela Urumaya noted that strict measures should be taken to stop all Indian fishermen poaching in Sri Lankan waters.

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