Friday, 17 January 2014 - 19:13
6 member committee to solve Indo - Sri Lanka fishermen issue
A six-member-committee comprising representatives from Sri Lanka and India has been appointed to settle the fisheries disputes between the two countries.
Director General of the Fisheries Department Nimal Hettiarachchi told our news team that this decision was taken during the recent meeting between the Sri Lankan and Indian authorities.
He also said that this committee will work out a long term solution to the prevailing fisheries problems between Sri Lanka and India.
This committee comprises 3 Sri Lankan officials and 3 Indian officials.
Apart from Fisheries Department Director General Nimal Hettiarachchi, Additional Solicitor General Suhada Gamlath is also included to the Sri Lankan membership in this special committee.
Both countries agreed to release all fishermen in the custody of each other’s jails during the recent discussions held in New Delhi.
Subsequently, the 52 Sri Lankan fishermen who were released by Indian authorities arrived in Kankasanturai Port yesterday while 50 Indian fishermen were released by the Navy.
According to Ministry sources, the Sri Lankan fishermen reached their homes and re-united with their families today.
Meanwhile another 160 Sri Lankan fishermen are reported to be held by the Indian Coast Guards.
A Fisheries Ministry spokesman said that these 160 fishermen will also return home within the next few days.
Meanwhile another 111 Indian fishermen held under custody were released by the Trincomalee Magistrate today.