Indo-Lanka Joint Working Group on fisheries meets:
Unlawful fishing, poaching on agenda
Sri Lanka will take a stand to respect International Maritime
Boundary Lines as Sri Lanka-India Joint Working Group on fisheries meets
at the External Affairs Ministry in Colombo today to discuss the
unresolved issue of unlawful fishing and poaching in the Palk Bay
The meeting is expected to find an amicable solution to the
decade-long problem of bottom trawling in Sri Lankan waters in violation
of the international Indo - Lanka maritime boundaries, External Affairs
Ministry sources told the Daily News.
The groupís meeting had stopped for five years. It was revived
following a meeting President Mahinda Rajapaksa had with former Indian
Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao several years ago.
India will be represented by officials from the Indian External
Affairs Ministry, Delhi, technical experts and fisheries experts from
relevant line ministries.
The Indian group will also include delegates from Tamil Nadu, Andaman
and Orissa islands, sources said. The Sri Lankan group will comprise
officials of the External Affairs Ministry, the Fisheries Ministry, the
Government Agents of the Northern Province, representatives of the Navy
and other secretary level delegates.
According to Provincial authorities in the North, poaching by has
been a major hindrance to over 150,000 countrymen in the North who are
trying to reestablish their livelihoods after the three decade war.