Indian Minister of External Affairs Salman Kurshid is due to arrive in the island tomorrow at a time when there is dialogue concerning several important topics regarding Indo Sri Lanka ties.
During his visit, Minister Kurshid is scheduled to meet with President Mahinda Rajapakse, Minister of External Affairs Prof. G. L. Peiris and several government representatives as well as the governor of the Northern Province Major General G. A. Chandrasiri and the incoming chief minister of the Northern Provincial Council C. V. Wigneshwaran.
The Indian Minister of External Affairs is due to sign the Sampur power plant agreement during his visit as well and he is also scheduled to engage in discussions with Sri Lankan authorities regarding the Indo – Sri Lanka Fishermen issue.
Sri Lanka issues complaint regarding Indian fishermen’s poaching activities
It is expected that the Indian minister will request legal proceedings with regard to Indian fishermen who were arrested for violating the Sri Lankan maritime border to be expedited and that the boats that were confiscated to be released.
However, the act of South Indian fishermen poaching on Sri Lankan waters has not yet stopped.
Deputy Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Sarath Kumara Gunarathne stated that despite the continuous poaching, steps will be taken to resolve the issue peacefully through discussions.
He also stated that the Sri Lankan government has already implemented a number of steps in this regard.
Elaborating further the deputy minister stated that if the Sri Lankan government lodges a complaint with the European Union the South Indian fishermen in question could be possibly black listed although he stated that the Sri Lankan government has no intention of doing so.