SL won’t share territorial waters with India

10 January 2012 11:06 pm - 9     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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Sri Lanka will officially turn down India’s proposal to share their territorial waters by fishermen so as to avoid clashes in the fishing industry, Fisheries Minister Rajitha Senaratne said yesterday.

India’s Naval and Coast Guard Department representatives are expected to hold talks with the Fisheries Ministry on Friday in Colombo to discuss how to resolve the problems faced by the fisheries sectors of the two countries.

Dr. Senaratne said this meeting would be attended by representatives from Tamil Nadu, Orissa, Andra Pradesh and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

“On several occasions, Sri Lankan fishermen had been arrested by the Indian coast guards. We will oppose the idea of the sharing the territorial waters by Indian and Sri Lankan fishermen. We cannot allow any sharing because in such a case, Sri Lanka will always be placed at a disadvantageous position,” he said.

But both countries should encourage their fishermen to venture out on deep sea fishing. The fishermen’s issue has already led to a diplomatic row between the two countries. Sri Lankan fishermen, particularly in areas such as Jaffna charge that their fishing grounds were being exploited by a large number of Tamil Nadu fishermen who are depriving them of the only form of livelihood available to them. (Kelum Bandara)

  Comments - 9

  • Yahiya Wednesday, 11 January 2012 08:20 AM

    You are very professional minister. Do the correct things.

    Aruna Wednesday, 11 January 2012 02:48 AM

    finally...

    V.I.S.Jayapalan poet Wednesday, 11 January 2012 05:43 AM

    Tamil fishermen shared the water from historic times. History will repeat itself.

    wasantha Wednesday, 11 January 2012 05:45 AM

    Great....!

    Paul Wednesday, 11 January 2012 05:54 AM

    We have no say in this issue.India will do what it wants,and we will do what India wants.

    Analysis Wednesday, 11 January 2012 06:12 AM

    Watch for the hidden agenda.

    adam Wednesday, 11 January 2012 06:49 AM

    Well done!!!! We don't need to share anything with them...

    Ameer Wednesday, 11 January 2012 02:18 PM

    100% agreed

    RF Wednesday, 11 January 2012 08:09 AM

    No sharing with Indians please. Indians will open a shop in every corner they get...


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