Talks on Fishermen in Mid-March

Friday, 06 March 2015 - 13:09

The Ministry of External Affairs is working on fixing a fresh date for holding third round of talks between fishermen of Sri Lanka and Tamil Nadu after the State government informed that it would be difficult to host it on March 11th as proposed by Sri Lanka.

The Tamil Nadu government received a communication from the Ministry conveying Sri Lanka’s proposal to hold the talks in Chennai on March 11th.

Replying to that, State Fisheries Secretary S Vijayakumar conveyed to Suchitra Durai, Joint Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs, that any date after March 15th would be convenient.

Earlier, Tamil Nadu government has proposed the talks on March 5th
However, Sri Lanka had sought more time as the new government was pre-occupied with its 100-day programme.

Since the Centre was reportedly keen on scheduling the talks ahead of the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Sri lanka, the government had proposed March 11th as fresh date for talks.

The first and second rounds of the talks were held in Chennai and Colombo on January 27th and May 12th, 2014 respectively following the initiative taken by former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa.