Katchatheevu’s restoration to India only solution to stand-off with SL Navy: TN CM

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Restoration of Katchatheevu islet to India is the only permanent solution to a long-standing issue of Indian fishermen being apprehended by the Sri Lankan navy, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami said on Saturday.

In two separate incidents in last few days, 12 fishermen from the state were apprehended by the island nation. “The heightened intolerance of the Sri Lankan navy can be seen from the fact that fishermen were apprehended even when they were engaged in traditional fishing using gill nets in Palk Bay waters,” the chief minister said in his letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Palaniswami said the only solution to the long-standing issue “on a permanent basis” was restoration of Katchatheevu back to India and redrawing the International Maritime Boundary Line. He also said that the Sri Lankan government keeps on “irritating the fishermen with continuing apprehension of their boats and arrests”.
The chief minister requested the prime minister to use all diplomatic channels available with the Centre to find a permanent solution to the issue. He also sought Modi’s intervention to secure the release of 72 fishermen along with 148 fishing boats apprehended by the Sri Lankan navy.(Indian Express)


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  • ANTON Sunday, 23 July 2017 12:49 PM


    GOVIRALA Sunday, 23 July 2017 01:56 PM

    Are you stupid enough

    gamini Monday, 24 July 2017 01:06 PM

    Anton- study history first before making stupid comments. If your logic were to be used, it should be India that should take over Pakistan

    Peter Sunday, 23 July 2017 03:15 PM

    India only ceded Katchatheevu to SL. It never belonged to India.

    ceylon Sunday, 23 July 2017 04:09 PM

    first settle tbe border issues with china.china looted and still occupying 2 times large size than lanka. via DM Android App

    AjithZ Sunday, 23 July 2017 05:07 PM

    You talk like as if willing to give your life for Sri Lankan Tamils. However ready to rob them off their fish and fishing territory. Bunch of liars and jokers.

    Padikaramaduwa Sunday, 23 July 2017 06:23 PM

    Suppose Katchatheevu islet is washed out completely by the sea erosion,,,,will Tamil Nadu fishermen stop their poaching then ?

    Trehan Munasinghe Monday, 24 July 2017 12:02 PM

    He also said that the Sri Lankan government keeps on “irritating the fishermen with continuing apprehension of their boats and arrests”.Tell your fisherman to respect the current maritime boundary and NOT enter SRI LANKAN Waters...

    Nimal Monday, 24 July 2017 03:23 PM

    These jurassic primates have no brains. They do not understand the concept of respecting International Maritime Border Lines.

    Ballu Ram Monday, 24 July 2017 03:57 PM

    Indians think we are part of their country. All expats here act same. Soon they will encroach our country.

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