SL calls for joint sea patrolling with India

29 March 2012 06:15 am - 4     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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Sri Lanka has called for joint patrolling between the navies of Sri Lanka and India to prevent clashes between fishermen of both countries, a Sri Lankan minister said today (Thursday).

Douglas Devananda, a minority Tamil minister, told Xinhua news agency that he has already discussed the issue with Sri Lankan fishermen on a disputed island in the north of the country.

Fishermen from India often stray into Sri Lankan waters to catch fish near the Kachchaitivu Island resulting in clashes between fishermen from both countries.

Devananda said that that the daily livelihood of Sri Lankan fishermen have been seriously affected with the Indians encroaching in Sri Lankan waters.

"Sometimes these Indians damage the fishing nets of Sri Lankan fishermen. This has become a serious issue. I have suggested that the Sri Lankan and Indian navy conduct joint patrolling near the maritime boundary of both countries to prevent these kind of incidents from taking place," Devananda said.

Politicians in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu have been demanding the Indian government take back the Kachchaitivu Island which was ceded to Sri Lankan years ago.

Indian fishermen have been accusing the Sri Lankan fishermen and Sri Lankan navy of attacking them when they cross the boundary line to catch fish near Kachchaitivu.

Devananda said that the only way one can find out who is attacking who is by conducting joint patrolling at the international maritime boundary line.

The Sri Lankan minister also called on Tamil Nadu politicians to look at the fishermen issue and try to solve that instead of raising allegations of human rights violations against the Sri Lankan government.

Tamil Nadu political parties last week claimed they had convinced the Indian government to vote against Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

A majority of the UN Human Rights Council members voted in favor of a resolution on Sri Lanka calling for the implementation of a set of recommendations by a Sri Lankan war commission amidst allegations of war crimes being committed during the final stages of a war between the Sri Lankan army and Tamil Tiger rebels three years ago. (BERNAMA)
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  • prasanna Friday, 30 March 2012 07:23 AM

    welcome move by Hon. Minister Deva.

    jterm Friday, 30 March 2012 02:28 AM

    how about the chinese? ;)

    Fusion Thursday, 29 March 2012 02:45 PM

    Instead of this, we should allow the US Navy to patrol our territorial waters.

    Fusion Friday, 30 March 2012 08:31 AM

    Well the US Naval fire power is far superior to the Chinese Navy. That why I said 'US Navy'. US sends 1 or 2 carrier battle-groups and will India back-off.


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