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Indians fishing in Sri Lanka’s seas

Foundation set for permanent solution - Minister Devananda

Fisheries Minister Douglas Devananda said that the fisheries Ministry has set up a foundation for achieving an acceptable solution for the invasive conduct of Indian fishermen after having more than four rounds of diplomatic discussions with Indian officials

“We have been watching the invasive conduct of the Indian fishermen. The Ministry held over four rounds of diplomatic discussions with Indian counterparts and created a foundation for achieving an acceptable solution,” Minister Douglas Devananda said.

He had discussions with the representatives of the All Island General Fisheries Association and the Multiday Boat Owners’ Society recently at the Ministry.

Former Hambantota Parliamentarian Nihal Galapatththi was present.

The unionists told the Minister that it was a common thing that Indian fishermen illegally trespassing here.

They appealed to Minister Devananda and Ministry Officials to intervene in preventing such unruly conduct of the Indian costal guards.

The Minister said that he will take up these matters with the President, Prime Minister and the Foreign Affairs Minister Dinesh Gunawadane for paving way to get a sustainable solution to the crisis after the Indian elections. He said the fishing by bottom trawling has been suspended until a permanent solution is reached and the SL Navy is vested with necessary powers for arresting Indian fishing vessels and crews fishing in Lanka’s sea waters. He remembered that he submitted a detailed proposal to prevent illegal fishing issue to the Indian authorities during the official Indian tour accompanied with Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa that was accepted by the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modhi.

It was now dysfunctional because of the COVID 19 pandemic, the Minister said.