Indian fishermen regret SL President’s stand

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Indian fishermen’s associations today expressed regret over Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena’s remark that he has clearly instructed the island nation’s navy to seize boats that violate the country’s territorial waters.

Fishermen’s Association leaders N. J. Bose and N. Devadass told reporters here that these remarks were regrettable, coming at a time when the next round of their talks are to be held in Colombo to sort out the issue and that the Sri Lankan President should reconsider his stand.

The Indian fishermen claimed that they had a right to fish in these waters.

Sri Lankan Opposition group National Freedom Front had alleged that the government had given fishing rights to Indians in Sri Lankan waters as an ‘appeasement’ policy towards India.

“We have not allowed fishing in our waters for the Indians. I have given clear instructions to navy to arrest boats or trawlers that violate our water limits,” Sirisena had told a gathering of fishing industry and political representatives last night.

The two countries held fishermen-level talks in Chennai last month. (PTI)
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  • Aba Jayasekera Saturday, 04 April 2015 12:09 PM

    Fishermen’s Association leaders N. J. Bose and N. Devadass of India must be thinking that they can steal our fish and get away with it. President MR is quite right in calling their bluff !

    lanka Saturday, 04 April 2015 02:01 PM

    Indians have no right to fish in Sri Lankan Waters. Take India to the International courts and start asking for compensation for all the fish they have robbed over the years! Billions

    inoka Saturday, 04 April 2015 03:01 PM

    Let them learn to respect international laws

    Maya Saturday, 04 April 2015 07:33 PM

    I am honestly glad that these Indian fisher folks are by their wrongful deeds, uniting the country in opposing their adventure.From CM of North, PM and President and so the whole country is united.Hats off to Indians for this but please stay away. Thanks.


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