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Sri Lanka yesterday reiterated its warning that Indian fishermen who violate its maritime border and illegally fish within its waters will be arrested.

Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Mahinda Amaraweera said the navy had been ordered to arrest the Indian fishermen and confiscate their boats if they stray into Sri Lankan waters.

The warning came just days after a media report revealed that over 100 fishermen from India's Tamil Nadu state will meet Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to demand uninterrupted fishing rights in Sri Lankan waters.

Amaraweera said the government had told the navy to arrest Indian fishermen entering Sri Lankan waters, and a request by Indian fishermen to enter Sri Lankan waters for 83 days had also been denied.

"We do not hope to fulfill this request even in the future," Amaraweera said.

Sri Lanka and India have been trying to resolve the longstanding row between their fishermen. (IANS)

 
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  • Malu Karaya Saturday, 25 April 2015 10:16 AM

    Confiscate and destroy the boats to send a clear message! The soft stance taken by the Govt. actually encourages repeat violations of the maritime border by the Southern Indian fishermen.

    Prem Nath Sunday, 26 April 2015 11:30 AM

    Indian fishermen should not be allowed to cross the MB of Sri Lanka.CKB should keep out of politics.

    Rahula Saturday, 25 April 2015 10:44 AM

    The conficated boats need to be sunk. Enough playing games, need a stronger deterent. Thats how the LTTE kept out Indian poachers for over 30 years.

    Kathirgaman Sunday, 26 April 2015 12:08 PM

    Enough is enough. Little Indian fishermen should understand that they can not have rights to fish in Sri Lankan water.If they try to fish in Pakistan water the result will be all infusion or death sentence. Sri lanka is very cool on these idiots.

    Abdul Saturday, 25 April 2015 11:44 AM

    for the 1st time im seeing sri lanka talking with a backbone in this issue. well done sri lanka

    Citizen Sunday, 26 April 2015 12:48 PM

    The Sri Lanakn Government is doing better! The Navy should turn their guns to full auto and fire at Indian Boats

    robin Saturday, 25 April 2015 09:13 PM

    Take tough action against the culprits without shooting them

    Chaminda Saturday, 25 April 2015 12:17 PM

    CBK said Ranil was joking


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