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Thursday, July 26 , 2012 - 5.50 GMT
Joint patrolling could be the answer to settle fishermen issue – SL High Commissioner


The joint patrolling by Indian Coast Guard and the Sri Lankan Navy could be the answer to settle the problem of fishermen, Sri Lanka's High Commissioner in India Prasad Kariyawasam said.

In an interview with India Today, India, the High Commissioner said commercial interests in Tamil Nadu lead the fishermen straying into Sri Lankan territorial waters.

“We are working to expedite the release of the fishermen and it should happen by next week. There is a judicial process involved,” he said.

“Crossing the international maritime boundary line is the bottom line... While we are dealing this issue in a humane manner, our navy is duty bound to prevent illegal fishing,” the High Commissioner said.

“Clashes between Indian and Sri Lankan fishermen are happening on the high seas. I Appeal to Tamil Nadu fishermen not to cross into Sri Lankan waters. They should desist from illegal fishing methods and we need to ban bottom trawling which is having an impact on the marine life of Palk Straits,” the envoy said.

He also indicated that he expected some humane treatment for the Sri Lankan fishermen as well.
“We also have 12 Sri Lankan fishermen languishing in Andhra Pradesh for last six months and some in Gujarat. Individual states have a different way of dealing with the issue,” he said.

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