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In the wake of arrests of Indian fishermen by Sri Lankan Navy, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Sunday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking laying down a time-bound action plan to achieve a “long-term, permanent solution to the problem and also to put in place a strong and robust diplomatic response”.

In her letter to Mr. Modi, Ms. Jayalalithaa cited the arrest of 82 fishermen by Lankan Navy in two separate incidents and said, “As an immediate measure, I request you to kindly ensure that India registers the strongest disapproval of the belligerent actions of the Sri Lankan Navy.”

Requesting that the issue be raised with the highest level on the Sri Lankan side to secure the fishermen’s release, she said, “I am confident that with the Government of India and the Government of Tamil Nadu acting in concert, it would be possible to achieve a permanent solution to this vexatious issue.”

There have been 77 incidents of apprehension and 67 incidents of harassment of and attacks on Indian fishermen by the Sri Lankan Navy in the last three years, causing tremendous agitation amongst the fishermen community in Tamil Nadu, she said.

The repetition of aggressive acts by Sri Lankan side, immediately after the change in government at the Centre and the consequent reset in the relations with Sri Lanka does not seem to augur well for the peaceful pursuit of fishing in the Palk Bay by fishermen from Tamil Nadu, she contended.

“A permanent solution to this problem must be found by a decisive initiative under your leadership.”

Observing that retrieval of Katchatheevu and talks between fishermen of the two sides could also help to resolve day to day issues, she said, “Even on this limited issue, the Sri Lankan side had adopted obdurate and obstructive attitudes which led to the failure of the last round of talks held in Colombo in May 2014.”

Ms. Jayalalithaa thanked Mr. Modi for his prompt action taken on her earlier letter on June 1, which led to the release of 33 fishermen from Tamil Nadu, arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy.

“Owing to your immediate intervention, all the fishermen were promptly released without being subjected to prolonged detention,” she added. (The Hindu)
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  • Leel Monday, 09 June 2014 06:27 AM

    These fishermen (drug traffickers) will be release very soon and there want be any more arrest by SL navy. Problem is solved by MR.

    The Undertaker Monday, 09 June 2014 06:28 AM

    Very simple. Throw them all in jail . Whether they be Indian or Sri Lankan. They have violated territory. If not this will never end. They have been warned several times and that should be enough.

    Avatar Monday, 09 June 2014 01:26 AM

    We all want a permanent solution but it is you who is putting a spoke in the wheel!

    sirimuna Monday, 09 June 2014 07:03 AM

    [quote name="tomsamusa"]Only solution is Tamil Eelam[/quote]
    Yes perhaps in Mauritius or Canada

    fazly Sunday, 08 June 2014 01:50 PM

    please teach your fisher folk to honor maritime laws and keep to the borders....is is so difficult....? your motives are not pure Lady, please make them honourable..!

    Sonali De Silva Tuesday, 10 June 2014 09:09 AM

    My dear Jaya. When one breaks a law whether its in ones own country or international you have to pay for the consequences. Will you let our fishermen fish in Indian waters? Well, sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander as well. You better live with it or don't send your fishermen into our waters. Elementary my dear Jaya.

    Suq Madique Monday, 09 June 2014 03:34 AM

    And we want a permanent stop to Indian poaching!

    Nande Tuesday, 10 June 2014 08:55 AM

    Try to control your own fisherman rather than blaming Srilankan navy every time. via DM Android App

    tony Monday, 09 June 2014 05:00 AM

    VERY SIMPLE SOLUTION. ASK THE FISHERMEN OF BOTH COUNTRIES NOT TO POACH ON OTHERS TERRITORY.

    tomsamusa Sunday, 08 June 2014 09:20 PM

    Only solution is Tamil Eelam


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