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India to arrange fishermen talks

2013 Dec 12

The Indian External Affairs Ministry is taking steps to facilitate talks between Sri Lankan and Indian fishermen, Indian Union Minister for Shipping, G. K. Vasan said.

The Hindu newspaper quoted him as saying that he hopes the conflict between fishermen from both countries will be resolved soon.

He also condemned the frequent attacks by Sri Lankan Navy on Tamil Nadu fishermen and their arrests.

He said this year, the Indian Coast Guard has apprehended 359 foreign sailors and 61 ships for entering into territorial water. Out of them, 275 were Sri Lankan nationals and 51 ships were seized from them.

Meanwhile the National Fishworkers Forum has demanded that the Tamil Nadu government identify a venue and fix a date for talks with the Sri Lankan government regarding the fishermen issue.

According to M. Ilango, president of the NFF, they had received intimation that the Foreign Affairs Ministry had written to the TN government, but the government had not responded so far.

The Tamil Nadu government has taken up the issues of the fishermen seriously and by deciding on a date and time at the earliest, the matter could be resolved amicably, he said. (Colombo Gazette)




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