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Basil Rajapaksa meets with Tamil Nadu fishermen

2013 Jul 08

Minister of Economic Development Basil Rajapaksa met with the members of the Tamil Nadu Fishermen Federation on Friday during his tour of India. The meeting took place in new Delhi ..

During the meeting Minister Basil Rajapaksa has emphasised on the importance of maintaining and enhancing people to people relations between fishing communities in northern Sri Lanka and Tamil Nadu in order to resolve the problems they face.

During the hour-long meeting, attention was focused on issues such as Indian fishermen crossing the international maritime boundary as well as the use of harmful fishing techniques.

The Minister of Economic Development had pointed out that the Sri Lankan Fishermen in the northern part of the country are recommencing their trade after a lapse of thirty years and that they should be given the opportunity to ply their trade in their own fishing grounds without hindrance.
During the meeting the Tamil Nadu fishermen had expressed interest in visiting Sri Lanka and holding further discussions with the aim of arriving at a practical solution to issues.

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