Saturday, 28 December 2013 - 8:07
UPDATE: Indo - Sri Lanka fishermen discussions on 20th January
A discussion between the fishing communities of Sri Lanka and India regarding the issues they face has been scheduled for the 20th of January in Chennai.
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Both countries have agreed to release the fishermen in their respective custodies prior to the commencement of the talks.
Indian Minister of External Affairs Salman Kurshid had made this statement yesterday while addressing a fisheries summit in the Puducheri region in South India.
Indian media reports stated that the Indian Minister of External Affairs was invited to the summit by Rajya Sabha member Mani Shankar Aiyar.
Currently more than 200 Indian fishermen are in Sri Lankan custody along with 70 vessels and 120 Sri Lankan fishermen along with 40 vessels are in Indian custody.
UPDATE: Saturday, 28 December 2013 - 12:58 PM
Indian External Affairs Minister promises to obtain release of Indian fishermen in Sri Lankan custody
A delegation of fishermen from Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, led by DMK parliamentary party leader T R Baalu, today met External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid seeking his intervention to ensure release of Indian fishermen jailed in Sri Lanka.
According to Baalu, the delegation sought the release of 227 fishermen and 77 boats, detained in the island nation.
He also stated that they demanded steps for convening a proposed meeting between fishermen from Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka to resolve the existing issues over fishing.
Elaborating further Baalu stated that he expects the meeting would be held in India by the third week of January either in Chennai or New Delhi.
Baalu also stated that the external affairs minister had stated that the issue has been taken up with the Lankan Government and the Kurshid had pledged to secure the release of the Indian fishermen in custody in Sri Lanka