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Wednesday, January 26, 2011 - 6.19 GMT

Third party role in fishermen’s incident
– Ambassador Kariyawasam


Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner in New Delhi, Prasad Kariyawasam referring to the incidents alleged to have taken place in the Northern waters, said that the Sri Lanka Navy would not fire at Indian fishermen even if they had crossed the maritime boundary and suspected the role of some "third party" behind the incidents.

He said that proper investigation would bring out the truth.

"Now that the LTTE is no more, we do not know who did it. We hope investigation (on both sides) throws light," the High Commissioner told India’s Daily News Analysis.

Admitting that it was difficult for the fishermen to identify the maritime boundary, he said a Joint Working Group of the two countries will discuss and try to find a solution.

He added that when engaged in fishing it is best for the people of both countries to respect a demarcated and accepted international boundary.

On the attack on the Maha Bodhi society, Ambassador Kariyawasam said it was the handiwork of some "extremist elements who want to vitiate and damage" Indo-Sri Lankan bilateral relations, more so the "good ties" between the Sri Lanka and Tamil Nadu.

Sri Lanka assigns the highest priority to her very close bilateral relationship with India. Therefore, any development which impacts on the well-being of the Indian fishing community pursuing their livelihoods in the waters in between the two countries is of the utmost concern to Sri Lanka, stated the Sri Lankan government earlier regarding this issue.







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