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Sri Lanka yesterday said its navy would not fire at Indian fishermen even if they had crossed the maritime boundary and suspected the role of some ‘third party’ behind the recurring incidents.

“The Sri Lankan Navy is not involved in these attacks and we are equally concerned. We want to find out who did this. The Sri Lankan Navy will not have fired at Indian fishermen even if they had crossed into our waters,” Sri Lankan high commissioner to India Prasad Kariyawasam said.

He said he hoped that investigation on both sides would throw more light on the killing of two fishermen from Tamil Nadu in the past fortnight over which India had lodged a strong protest and demanded action from the Lankan government.

Kariyawasam was in Cehnnai to meet state chief secretary S Malathy to express concern over the attack on the Mahabodhi Society, a Buddhist centre, on Monday night which left four Sri Lankan nationals, including two monk, injured. The attack is seen as a retaliation to the killing of fishermen.

He doubted the role of some third party in the attacks on Tamil Nadu fishermen in the Palk Straits and said that proper investigation would bring out the truth. “Now that the LTTE is no more, we do not know who did it. We hope investigation (on both sides) throws light.”

Admitting that it was 'difficult' for the fishermen to identify the maritime boundary, he said a Joint Working Group of the two countries will discuss and try to find a solution.

On the attack on the Bodhi society, Kariyawasam said it was the handiwork of some "extremist elements who want to vitiate and damage" Indo-Sri Lankan bilateral relations, more so the "good ties" between the island nation and Tamil Nadu.

(DNA)

 

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  • Thas Wednesday, 26 January 2011 09:33 AM

    SL has realised the power of the elder brother. Good.

    sen Wednesday, 26 January 2011 12:09 PM

    definitely this is the work of al-q'da...we have to put the blame on bin laden....

    kalum Wednesday, 26 January 2011 07:07 AM

    Its absolutely sure some third party are behind this attack.it must be sure from indian seid,lot of tamilnadu LTTE sympathisher want break the indo- lanka relationship.. Sure Sri lankan navy has no reason to attack to the indian fisherman.

    malkanthi Wednesday, 26 January 2011 07:35 AM

    Possible. Why not ask the Indian authorities to prove it.

    Sam Wednesday, 26 January 2011 07:57 AM

    I'm sure Indian satellites monitor whole of South Asia. Why can't they provide the proof rather than just accusing.

    LS Wednesday, 26 January 2011 08:25 AM

    they knew about mumbai attackers in half an hour, from where they came and how they reached. why they can't trace those who fired on poor fishermen. so which incident is plotted of both?... SL navy does not have any reason to kill poors.

    Jix Wednesday, 26 January 2011 03:08 AM

    This incident seems to be a 'manufactured' one and not an actual act of aggresion by the SL Navy...It would definetly be in the best interests of both parties to get to the bottom of this ASAP!


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