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The third round of talks between representatives of fishermen of Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka ended in Chennai on Tuesday, a day ahead of schedule, with the two sides meeting each other half way.

The talks that went on for more than eight hours made significant progress on many long-pending issues.

“’Give and take’ attitude on both sides have made this ‘progress’ possible. The talks were held on a cordial note. During the discussions, Sri Lankan fishermen had expressed happiness over the stance taken by the Tamil Nadu fishermen on certain issues and promised that they would reciprocate this appropriately. The representatives on both sides understood the issues of the other side well,” sources said.

The sources further said the Lankan fishermen agreed to Indian fishermen fishing in Sri Lankan water for 83 days per year or the next three years.
But they would make a formal announcements after consulting their colleagues. The Tamil Nadu fishermen agreed not to go upto five nautical miles from Sri Lankan coast while fishing.

Talking to mediapersons after the talks, U. Arulanandam, president, Alliance for the Release of Innocent Fishermen said, “Unlike the past two rounds of talks, we have made some progress on important issues. We have told them that we will completely stop use of banned nets [in Lankan waters] and these are banned in Tamil Nadu too.”

T. Sathasivam, representative of the National Fishermen Maha Sammelanam of Sri Lanka said the TN fishermen had put forth a seven-point charter of requests to their Lankan counterparts. (New Indian Express)
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  • Suq Madique Wednesday, 25 March 2015 01:44 PM

    Nothing as usual because all they care is their personal benefits. We know their tears are only crocodile tears

    ajithkumar Thursday, 26 March 2015 10:16 AM

    I see this completely wrong. Yes it is a humanistic problem considering Indian fisherman plight of not having fish, causing their livelihood . But it cannot be compensated by allowing to take the resources of another person , here another country. Indian fisherman brought this plight on their own, using the banned nets, destroying the marine resources. Now , the right way of dealing this is, Indian fisherman been allowed to buy from Sri Lankan fisherman, fish at a competitive rate even in the international waters. Giving free, is not a solution.

    lankaman Wednesday, 25 March 2015 02:07 PM

    Hardly literate uneducated fisherman doing what a legitimate government should do? Why is SL government offering our sovereignty to Indians on a platter?

    Subha Thursday, 26 March 2015 01:54 AM

    Let the Indians come over.. so that the Negombo fishermen can have them shot dead..

    Peter Wednesday, 25 March 2015 02:59 PM

    Not 83 days, even 1 day should not be allowed. It is for what? Hello Mr.Vigneswaran itis here you must speak out rather throwing out nonsense.

    Premalal Wednesday, 25 March 2015 03:05 PM

    Disaster of huge proportions. Now the Indians have been given the right to rob our resources. The better option would have been to sell them a pre agreed quantity of fish at agreed price.

    damithw Wednesday, 25 March 2015 03:51 PM

    what happen after 3 years..? They (indian fishermen ) will fish or 365 days per year in our waters...

    rosebud Thursday, 26 March 2015 06:19 AM

    No ban on bottom trawling via DM Android App

    Henry Wednesday, 25 March 2015 04:09 PM

    in 83 days Expect drug peddlers, human traffickers, gold smugglers in addition to stealing our resources up to 05 nautical miles, what is the purpose of IMBL? Is this what the new MY3 RW doing to our country?

    ramola Wednesday, 25 March 2015 04:43 PM

    Who made this lop sided decision? We are giving more and more to India on a platter.

    Abdul Wednesday, 25 March 2015 05:02 PM

    anything should be done without violating sri lankan law. no person is allowed to enter sri lankan territory without visa and passport.

    kge Wednesday, 25 March 2015 05:22 PM

    Who gave the power to fishermen to make such a decision affecting the sovereignty of the country - Yamapalanaya to the hilt

    Wimal Wednesday, 25 March 2015 12:00 PM

    Fish worth millions of dollars will be given away free. Now they will destroy our marine resources. This govt is not safeguarding our interests.

    Mm Wednesday, 25 March 2015 12:07 PM

    I am see only giving!! Who is counting the 83 days???

    Nodrog Wednesday, 25 March 2015 12:19 PM

    All well and good but what are we getting in return? Was the decision a result of the usual arm-twisting or by mutual agreement?

    ranga Wednesday, 25 March 2015 06:05 PM

    All you people who voted for a change who had an issue with china being offered land on 99 year lease in return of the constructions must be delighted now...

    Esala Thursday, 26 March 2015 09:00 AM

    Fish catching season for Indians. Off season for SL fishermans. Yahapalane dunnanam kapiyaw.

    Fair N Square Wednesday, 25 March 2015 01:03 PM

    why would SL fishermen agree to Indian fishermen fishing in SL WATERS for 83 days? NOT even One day should be allowed. India has its own waters, why they deprive SL fishermen what is rightly theirs?

    obsever Thursday, 26 March 2015 02:26 PM

    What kind of cowerds are governing this country?no other country is doing such a thing?does my3 has spine?are fisherman govern this country?


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