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Sunday, 12 January 2014 - 8:21
Update : Video: Fisheries Ministry adopts tit for tat
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Deputy Fisheries Minister Sarath Kumara Gunaratna says that the Government was prepared to release all Indian fishermen under custody in Sri Lanka on condition that all Sri Lankan fishermen in Indian custody are released.

The Minister said so in response to a query our news team made with regard to the willingness Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa Jayaraam had expressed for releasing the Sri Lankan fishermen detained under custody.

Indian media reported yesterday that Tamil Nadu Chief Minister had decided thus to release all Sri Lankan fishermen under custody in Tamil Nadu.

Accordingly it was reported that 179 Sri Lankan fishermen would thus be released.

Indian media reported that that the Chief Minister had made this decision as a new approach for the Indo-Sri Lanka fisheries discussion.

Similarly it was further mentioned in the relevant media reports that reciprocally India hoped that 275 Indian fishermen detained in Sri Lankan custody would be released.

Deputy Fisheries Minister Sarath Kumara Gunaratna said that a permanent programme should be prepared for solving the fisheries problem through diplomatic discussion.

Update : Monday, 13 January 2014 - 8:03
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All Sri Lankan fishermen in Tamilnadu prisons to be released

The Hindu reported that in the run-up to the 20th meeting between fishermen from Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka, the 275 Tamil fishermen lodged in various prisons in Sri Lanka would be released from 13th.

Tamil Nadu will in turn release 179 Sri Lankan fishermen as requested by the Indian government to facilitate the talks.

Reacting to DMK president M. Karunanidhi’s allegation that the meeting between the fishermen could not take place because of her indifference, the Chief Minister said she had asked the Fisheries Department Secretary to hold talks with officials in Delhi.

When Tamil Nadu took up the issue, the Centre wanted her government to release 179 Sri Lankan fishermen.

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