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26-fold increase to SL's territorial sea area


3 December 2017 11:49 pm - 5     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The United Nations has agreed to add a territorial expanse amounting to 26 times of the country's land extent to the sea area surrounding Sri Lanka, Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said.

Sri Lanka is eligible under the Law of Sea to own this sea area because of the narrow and shallow strip of the sea located between Sri Lanka and India.

The documents to confer this sea area to Sri Lanka have been finalized and awaiting authentication with an allocation of Rs.25 million by the Sri Lankan government, the minister said.

The agreement is expected to take effect from March next year. (Dayaseeli Liyanage)

  Comments - 5

  • ceylon Sunday, 03 December 2017 10:25 PM

    its the december joke.even 18km sea area cant protect from indian fishermen. via DM Android App

    Punny Pellow Monday, 04 December 2017 08:01 AM

    Anyway, we have more water, no!

    Save Monday, 04 December 2017 10:50 AM

    Rather capturing useful resources let someone who can handle use these wisely. Sri Lanka n's are expert in looting but using them effectively is by someone else. Stupid land like no other

    sadfddsf Monday, 04 December 2017 12:14 PM


    Anonymous Monday, 04 December 2017 09:52 PM

    Facts and names not accurate, the guy minister doesn’t know what he got. Territorial sea is a 22 mile wide belt around the island. What he got is an extended continental shelf which several or almost coastal states got.

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