Friday, 03 January 2014 - 13:07
India tells fishermen in both countries to settle their disputes - Another 25 Indian fishermen arrested
Indian Government today urged fishermen of Sri Lanka and India, who will meet in Chennai on January 20th, to participate in the talks with all seriousness to resolve the dispute over fishing rights in each other's territorial waters.
Indian Finance Minister P Chidambaram told reporters that this is a problem that can be solved if there is goodwill and give-and-take on both sides.
He also attacked the Tamil Nadu government for "not cooperating" for quite sometime and causing "delay" in finalising the dates for the talks.
Replying to questions, he said fishermen's associations "must meet and work out" ways to resolve the problem.
There was a "wrong impression" that all Indian fishermen, detained by the Sri Lankan Navy, were not being released.
In fact, hundreds of Indian fishermen detained have been released.
In a letter to the Prime Minister earlier this week, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa had said her government would extend all help to the Centre to facilitate the January 20th talks between Indian and Sri Lankan fishermen.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka Navy arrested another 25 Indian fishermen while fishing in Gulf of Mannar Sea.
The fishermen of Mandapam were fishing in the sea near Dhanushkodi when they were arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy personnel.
The Navy personnel have also seized six mechanized boats of the fishermen.