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In a joint statement issued by India and Sri Lanka after Indian Foreign Secretary Rao’s visit both sides agreed that the use of force cannot be justified under any circumstances when dealing with fishermen.

The Joint statement states -

During the discussions, Indian Foreign Secretary Rao expressed the deep concern of the Government of India at the recent violent incidents in the waters between India and Sri Lanka, which had resulted in the tragic death of two Indian fishermen. 

She stressed that these incidents should be fully investigated and all steps taken to prevent their recurrence in future.  The Sri Lanka authorities emphasized in this regard that it is the consistent policy of Sri Lanka to treat in  a humanitarian manner all fishermen, including those from the Indian fishing community, who cross into Sri Lanka waters.

Given the very close bilateral relationship between the two countries, any development which impacts on the wellbeing of the Indian fishing community pursuing their livelihoods in the waters between the two countries, is of the utmost concern to Sri Lanka.

The Government of Sri Lanka is therefore committed to ascertaining the facts behind the incidents.  While continuing with further inquiries, the Sri Lankan authorities have requested that additional information be made available by the Indian side.  Both sides agreed that the use of force cannot be justified under any circumstances.

The two sides noted that the Joint Statement on Fishing Arrangements of 26th October 2008, which had put in place practical arrangements to deal with bona fide fishermen crossing the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL), had led to a decrease in incidents.  They agreed on the need to discuss arrangements based on the current situation so as to strengthen the safety and security of the fishermen.

Accordingly, it was decided that the next meeting of the Joint Working Group on Fishing would be convened at an early date, which would, inter-alia, address various issues relating to fishing by the two sides.  The Joint Working Group would also address the proposed Memorandum of Understanding on development and cooperation in the field of fisheries.  It was decided as well to enhance and promote contacts between the fishermen’s associations on both sides, since such contacts have proved to be mutually beneficial.

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  • Piratheepan Monday, 31 January 2011 10:49 AM

    Third party involving in this issue.........

    lankaman Monday, 31 January 2011 11:01 AM

    does this apply to occupied Kashmir as well?

    malkanthi Monday, 31 January 2011 11:12 AM

    wara has got the wires crossed.

    Nuwair Monday, 31 January 2011 12:31 PM

    Hello india,,its pointless abt your staements,, MR knows how to fool around with you,,hahhahaa

    malkanthi Monday, 31 January 2011 09:23 AM

    Exactly, but also use of force cannot be justified under any circumstances when dealing with any issues..

    waiting ... Monday, 31 January 2011 09:24 AM

    Waiting ...

    mmmm Tuesday, 01 February 2011 03:30 AM

    who protect the sea boundry

    Chandanamithrakaaka Monday, 31 January 2011 09:53 AM

    why only fishermen?? what about Journalists????

    Gayan Monday, 31 January 2011 09:53 AM

    Yes. Tell that to the Tamil Nadu Jokers and stop attacking monks

    wiki Monday, 31 January 2011 10:07 AM

    what about using force to open boxes

    Mr Retort Monday, 31 January 2011 10:08 AM

    This is the only language We Sri Lankans know

    Amarapala Monday, 31 January 2011 10:20 AM

    Use of force can not be justified in Sri lanka as well as in India

    wara Monday, 31 January 2011 10:34 AM

    Don't justify their false stories. Do you have any evidence of this incident ??

    wara Monday, 31 January 2011 10:35 AM

    Exactly !


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