Rajitha confident of SL representatives’ stand during talks today

Rajitha confident of SL representatives’ stand during talks today

Written by Staff Writer

27 Jan, 2014 | 10:16 am

Discussions into the Sri Lanka-Chennai Fishermen issue are scheduled to commence on Monday morning.

The Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources stated that five government representatives from Sri Lanka and ten representatives from the fishing industry will participate at these discussions.

Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Rajitha Senaratne stated that these discussions are being held following meetings with the Indian Central Government and on the Indo-Lanka Joint Fisheries Committee.

Speaking to Newsfirst, Minister Rajitha Senaratne said:

“These discussions are being held subsequent to the state level talks held with the Indian Minister of External Affairs, Agriculture as well as with the Government of India hoping for progress to be made with regard to this issue.”

Speaking further the minister said,

“Four points were included during these discussions. The first point that was tabled was that in 2010 an individual representing a fishing association from Sri Lanka went to India and requested that per week three days of fishing in India and three days of fishing in Sri Lanka should be permitted, but we cannot agree to this at state level as it is unfavourable to Sri Lanka .What this representative did against Sri Lanka and the fishing industry has a negative impact. However, the present representatives from SL will give their firm standpoint at these discussions with regard to the issues they face.”

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