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Tuesday, 19 April 2016 - 18:27
The ministry of fisheries misinterprets EU fishing ban
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The Fisheries Ministry has withdrawn a statement this afternoon,  with regard to the EU’s decision to lift its fish import ban on Sri Lanka.

A few hours after announcing that European Union is going to lift the ban on fish import from Sri Lanka with effect from April 21, the Fisheries Ministry stated that this was not to be the case.

A initial press communiqué signed by the ministry of fisheries media secretary  described the EU’s decision. It also mentioned that a media conference was to be held with the participation of the minister at a hotel in Tissamaharamaya at 3.30pm on the same day.

Later our news team contacted the ministry and, a spokesperson confirmed the EU’s decision.

In a turn of events however , the ministry of Fisheries issued a second communiqué citing that only a crucial discussion with regard to the EU fishing ban on Sri Lanka will be held on April 21st.

It also stated that the outcome of the discussion will be announced during the scheduled media briefing.

Surprisingly, the ministry issued a third media communique a few minutes later and stated in it that no decision has been taken with regard to the lifting of  EU ban on Fish import from Sri Lanka.

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