Written by Bella Dalima
07 Mar, 2015 | 10:06 pm
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has said that the Sri Lankan Navy is only acting as per law when it fires at Indian fishermen entering Lankan waters, and therefore they should keep away.
The Prime Minister had made this statement to Thanthi TV, an Indian based TV Channel.
Question: Poaching waters? Can this be punished with shooting…? Human rights violations?
Ranil Wickremesinghe: Why are you coming into our waters? Why are you fishing in our waters…? Stay on the Indian side… There will be no issue…No one will shoot anyone else…You stay on the Indian side, Let our fishermen stay on the Sri Lankan side… Otherwise don’t make accusations of Human rights violation by the Navy. You came in there. Look, you are taking away the livelihood for our northern fishermen.
Question: That can’t justify taking away lives sir.
Ranil Wickremesinghe: If someone tries to break into my house, I can shoot. If he gets killed…law allows me to do that… On the fishermen issue, As far as I am concerned, I have very very strong lines. This is our waters…Fishermen of Jaffna should be allowed to fish. We stopped them from fishing, That’s why the Indian fishermen came in, they are willing to have a deal…Let’s have a reasonable deal..But not at the expense of the income of the Northern Fishermen…No…
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