Jayalalitha calls for roundtable talks

Wednesday, 11 December 2013 - 19:37


Jayalalithaa had first written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on September 22nd offering to be a facilitator in a meeting of the fishermen associations.

During the past several months, a large number of fishermen have been arrested by both Sri Lanka and India.

Deputy Minister of Fisheries Sarath Kumara Gunarathne stated that currently 213 Indian fishermen who have violated the Sri Lankan maritime boundary are in the custody of Sri Lankan authorities.

The deputy minister also stated that in excess of 80 Sri Lankan fishermen are also currently in the custody of Indian authorities.

Meanwhile, the Sri Lanka Navy arrested 110 Indian fishermen who had violated international maritime boundary laws today.

Navy Media Spokesperson Commander Kosala Warnakulasuriya stated that the Navy also seized 15 fishing vessels and that the Indian fishermen and boats were escorted to the Trincomalee harbour.

Upon inquiry by our news team regarding the latest arrests, Deputy Minister of Fisheries Sarath Kumara Gunarathne stated that the Sri Lanka Navy has been issued instructions to arrest any foreign fishermen that violate the Sri Lankan maritime borders.

Elaborating further the deputy minister stated that the government is currently preparing steps to levy fines on any local fishermen who are guilty of violating international maritime borders as well

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