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Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 05.29 GMT
SL - India fishermen talks end amicably


Talks on fishing rights held between Indian and Sri Lankan fishermen concluded amicably Monday evening, the fishermen's representatives said.

The decisions taken at the meeting, however, would have to be approved by the two governments, Indian media reported.

U. Arulanandam from Tamil Nadu and T. Sadasivam from Sri Lanka told reporters after the meeting that the resolutions passed during the talks will be sent to the two governments for further action.

Fishermen from both countries began the discussion in the morning to arrive at a consensus on fishing rights in the Palk Strait and also on putting an end to attacks on Indian fishermen by the Sri Lankan Navy.

Tamil Nadu Fisheries Minister K.A. Jayapal presided over the meeting. It was attended by Suchitra Durai, joint secretary in the ministry of external affairs and Nimal Hettiarachchi, director general in the department of fisheries and aquatic resources of Sri Lanka.

Sabarullah Khan, Sri Lanka's deputy high commissioner here, also participated in the talks.

According to fishermen who took part in the talks, another meeting will be held next month in Colombo to give final touches to the demands.





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