Thursday, 09 January 2014 - 12:52
Indo - Sri Lanka foreign ministers have phone conversation
MP T R Baalu said the Indian Centre today informed DMK that it had taken up with Sri Lanka "in detail" the issue of release of arrested Indian fishermen.
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External Affairs Ministry informed him that it has been confirmed that the proposed talks between fishermen associations of both countries will be held in India on January 20th.
Sanjay Sudhir, Joint Secretary in the Ministry, called up Baalu and informed him that Indian foreign minister Salman Khurshid had spoken to his Sri Lankan counterpart G L Peiris.
UPDATE: Friday, 10 January 2014 - 07:04 PM
Centre Mulls Talks on Fishermen Issue with Lanka
DMK party MP T R Baalu today said the Centre has informed the DMK that it was contemplating talking to Sri Lanka on the mutual release of fishermen in prisons in each country.
Quoting his meeting with External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid yesterday in New Delhi, a release from Baalu's office said he had taken up with him the need for the Centre's intervention for the release of 275 Indian fishermen from Tamil Nadu jailed in Sri Lanka along with their boats.
In response, Khurshid said that on the directions of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, he was already in touch with Sri Lankan Foreign Minister G L Peiris and discussing the matter with him.
Further, the Minister said 213 Sri Lankan fishermen were jailed in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Odisha with 32 of their boats being seized.
He said he intended to talk to the Sri Lankan government regarding the mutual release of fishermen in each country following discussions with the Chief Ministers of these states.
Baalu had stressed for the release of the fishermen before Pongal festival which falls on the 14th of January.