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Monday, January 27, 2014 - 06.35 GMT
Sri Lanka, India discussions on fisheries issues to begin today


The officials and the representatives of fishermen of Sri Lanka and Tamil Nadu will meet in Chennai on Monday to hold discussions on resolving the fisheries issues.

A Sri Lankan delegation on the invitation of the Tamil Nadu government will leave for Chennai Tuesday. The talks are scheduled to be held in at the office of the Tamil Nadu Director of Fisheries in Teynampet on Tuesday morning.

The Director General of Sri Lanka Fisheries Department Nimal Hettiarachchi will lead the five member team of officials from Sri Lanka.

Ten representatives from the fisheries organizations of Northern and Eastern Provinces will also take part in the discussion while 12 fishermen from various districts of Tamil Nadu will also take part in the talks.

The main focus of the discussion is preventing the Indian fishermen poaching in Sri Lanka's territorial waters and the Sri Lankans entering into the Indian sea territory.

Meanwhile, Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratna said yesterday that Sri Lanka will not compromise its territorial framework of maritime boundary delimitations, which is an international law governing territorial seas, under any circumstances,.

Responding to the alleged claim by the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalitha Jeyaram that the Tamil Nadu fishermen be allowed to fish in traditional fishing grounds in Sri Lanka, he emphasised that what Tamil Nadu says did not count.





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