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Voicing concern over attacks on Indian fishermen, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa today asked the Centre to take urgent steps for the retrieval of Katchatheevu islet, ceded to Sri Lanka in 1974, besides redrawing the International Maritime Boundary Line.

The 1974 Agreement signed between India and Sri Lanka had determined Katchatheevu as a part of Sri Lanka, and it was ceded by the Indian Government unilaterally without obtaining the approval of both Houses of Parliament for a constitutional amendment, she said in a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

“The stand of the Tamil Nadu Government is that Katchatheevu has always been a part of India, geographically, culturally and historically and needs to be retrieved, keeping in view the livelihood interests and security of thousands of Indian fishermen,” she said.

The Chief Minister recalled that as AIADMK General Secretary she had filed a petition in the Supreme Court in 2008 seeking to declare the agreement null and void in the backdrop of continued attacks on fishermen from the State.

The State Revenue Department had impleaded itself in the case in 2011 after her party came to power, Jayalalithaa said.

She also said the State Assembly had unanimously passed a resolution on May 3 stating that in view of the legal invalidity of the 1974 and 1976 Agreements, the Centre should take steps to retrieve Katchatheevu and surrounding areas.

“I, therefore, request you once again to kindly take urgent measures to get back Kachatheevu and the surrounding areas from Sri Lanka. Further, the IMBL needs to be redrawn after retrieval of Katchatheevu, which will enable our fishermen to carry on fishing in their traditional fishing waters without concerns of safety and security,” she said.

Jayalalithaa also enclosed a copy of the May 3 resolution in her communication to Singh. The resolution had sought the retrieval of the islet on the basis of the 1960 Berubari case and considering the need to put an end to the “continuing threat to the livelihood” of State fishermen by the Lankan navy and a need to bring a permanent solution to the issue. (Source: The Hindu Business Line)

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  • Saskia Tuesday, 21 May 2013 11:19 AM

    Right but, how can we achieve this? What should we do to achieve this? Think deeply.

    Nims Wednesday, 22 May 2013 09:22 AM

    ASAP, Please. God Please help her

    Nims Wednesday, 22 May 2013 09:20 AM

    Probably she doesn't have a man to love

    The Pacifist Wednesday, 22 May 2013 08:48 AM

    Great comment mate.

    mail_guy Wednesday, 22 May 2013 08:38 AM

    You first worry about your Sri Lanka.Then advise to her.

    kondebendapucheena Tuesday, 21 May 2013 03:48 PM

    She won t stop till next election by fooling Poor TN general public by marketing Srilankan Tamils

    KEPITIPOLA Tuesday, 21 May 2013 03:14 PM

    Like we live on LTTE you mean?

    Rakitha Tuesday, 21 May 2013 12:28 PM

    Get a life Lady!!!!!!! and keep your hands of Sri Lanka!!!

    IOSirisena Tuesday, 21 May 2013 11:43 AM

    O granny when will you ever learn?

    CHOGM Tuesday, 21 May 2013 11:39 AM

    Can you please look after your own Tamil Nadu we will look after our own backyard.Can we see some decent sanitary facilities and educate Tamil Nadu residents to use those facilities instead Beaches,Play grounds and buckets.

    They use these facilities because you are too busy poking in to our affairs.

    Trehan Munasinghe Tuesday, 21 May 2013 11:24 AM

    What a bogus woman.... She has more pressing matters in her "Tamil Nadu" all she does is worrying the two friendly neighbours...

    So Ms. Jaya why don't you take a permanent sleeping pill...

    ANTON Tuesday, 21 May 2013 07:49 AM

    SORRY, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT IS TRYING TO RETRIEVE KASHMIR FROM PAKISTAN FIRST, HAVE A NICE SLEEP.

    mail_guy Tuesday, 21 May 2013 11:11 AM

    Sorry Jaya, We have already sold the whole Sri Lanka to China including Kachatheevu.

    Fassey Tuesday, 21 May 2013 09:53 AM

    She was a very popular actress then and still acting for popularity

    . Amila.G Tuesday, 21 May 2013 09:47 AM

    This Woman can not pass a without thinking of Sri Lanka.

    Critic Roshan Tuesday, 21 May 2013 09:38 AM

    Does this woman truly get a good sleep? Even in the sleep she should be grumbling about her Kathchimani Island.

    Game Man Tuesday, 21 May 2013 09:07 AM

    Dear Jayalalithaa, why don't you first see to all those thousands of your countrymen who are living far beyond the poverty line and then worry about this little Island.

    Dammika Tuesday, 21 May 2013 08:59 AM

    Looks like they cannot win elections without Sri Lanka

    KADMIN Tuesday, 21 May 2013 08:55 AM

    Just another political stunt...!

    Sonali De Silva Tuesday, 21 May 2013 08:20 AM

    Neither India nor Sri Lanka need enemies with her around.

    Hettiarachchi Tuesday, 21 May 2013 08:05 AM

    Kachchativu was historically a part of Sri Lanka. The 1974 agreement confirmed this while determining the maritme boundary beteween the two countries. It was never ceded by India to Sri Lanka, and therefore could not be retrieved.


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