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By Indika Sri Aravinda


The Sri Lankan government is contemplating legal action against Sri Lankan fishermen who cross over into Indian territorial waters illegally, a move seen as an attempt to stem the frequent clashes between Indian and Sri Lankan fishermen.

Fisheries Minister Felix Perera, speaking to Daily Mirror online, said that measures will also be taken to install sophisticated radar equipment on fishing boats which will alert the Sri Lankan navy if the fishing boats go beyond Sri Lanka’s territorial waters.

The Minister noted that while Indian authorities tend to come down hard on Indian fishermen who enter Sri Lankan waters illegally similar action is not taken against Sri Lankan fishermen when they cross over into Indian waters.

However with more and more Sri Lankan fishermen crossing into Indian waters to poach the Sri Lankan authorities are now discussing the possibility of taking legal action against the fishermen and a final decision on the matter is expected to be reached by this week, Minister Perera told Daily Mirror online this evening.  (Daily Mirror online)

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  • Tuesday, 23 February 2010 05:36 AM

    we need larger boats which can sail into international waters for 3 to 4 months.our fishing industry is making boats too small.make intrest free loans available for investments for 60 ft boats.

    Monday, 22 February 2010 04:06 AM

    True, the Indian Fisherman can cross our territory but not vice versa. We are some kind of under obligation to India, only the Govt knows.

    Monday, 22 February 2010 06:41 AM

    what about MR said that India is, his relation and the countries which are helping Sri Lanka are his friends.

    Monday, 22 February 2010 07:16 AM

    Visible border within the sea is must. lol

    Sunday, 21 February 2010 03:17 PM

    What about Indian Fishermen in Sri Lankan waters !.
    With a single phone call from Indian Embassy they are out !

    Sunday, 21 February 2010 04:05 PM

    How about the action against the Ministers who are involved in smuggling business in the costal areas? Those are legal or illegal?

    Sunday, 21 February 2010 05:51 PM

    Do not spills your stupids idea. OTHERWAY IS TRUE. NOW THE INDIAN GOVERNMENT TAKE A DIFFERENT STAND

    Sunday, 21 February 2010 07:11 PM

    taking legal actions against poor fishermen is not the solution. Introduce GPS equipments at an affordable price to identify the location easily. I think this will reduce cross overs to indian border at least by 50%

    Sunday, 21 February 2010 11:28 PM

    Nil

    Sunday, 21 February 2010 11:55 PM

    SRI LANKA AND INDIA ARE RELATIVES, NEIGHBOURS AND FRIENDLY COUNTRIES. FRIENDS, RELATIVES AND NEIGHBOURS ARE ELIGIBLE TO ENTER EACH OTHERS HOUSES AND THIS SHOULD NOT BE TAKEN SERIOUS. CAN WE IGNORE THESE ENTRIES AND RE-ESTABLISH OUR FRIENDSHIP? THE MOST OUR FISHERMEN COULD HAVE DONE WOULD BE CATCHING FEW MORE INDIAN FISH ON THE RUN. TAKE IT EASY

    Monday, 22 February 2010 02:46 AM

    The first most indian govt killed 50000 thousand civilian for what? no westran countries could not recongnised. take UK EU USA an d many many.. why no case for them . today india was isolated by Asian countries. the last five years pretex as democratic country but global world knew the real time saving india.


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