Written by Bella Dalima
21 Aug, 2014 | 8:43 pm
Fisheries and Aquatic Resource Development Minister Rajitha Senaratna asserts that fishermen from other countries will not be allowed to fish in Sri lankan waters.
He made this statement in response to the statement made by Dr. Subramanian Swamy, the Chairman of the Strategic Action Committee of India’s Bharatiya Janatha Party, on Wednesday that Sri Lanka should grant Indian fishermen permits to fish in Sri Lankan waters, until fish in Indian waters can be re-populated.
Minister Rajitha Senaratne said:
[quote]Our fishermen have started to make a living after facing hardships for thirty years. Our programme is to increase this upto 50 percent in the future. We were able to increase this by 23 percent – three times the amount it originally was – by December last year, with the support given by the President. We will reach the fifty percent target in an year or two. The biggest barrier we have is the Indian fishermen who are entering the country. No one can fish in our waters because of this. If they want to enter they can speak with the country and enter in a way the country receives the trade benefit and the fishermen receive their money.
This is the only possible way. We cannot open up our seas for Indian fishermen. We cannot open up our economic zone to anyone[/quote]
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