Sri Lanka, India discuss new dates for fisherman talks
2014-03-19 10:57:13   copyfrom:xinhua.net    hits:

COLOMBO, March 13 (Xinhua)-- Sri Lanka and India are discussing new dates for talks between fishermen of the two
COLOMBO, March 13 (Xinhua)-- Sri Lanka and India are discussing new dates for talks between fishermen of the two countries after the scheduled second round of discussions had been called off, officials said Thursday.
The Sri Lanka Fisheries Ministry said that the second round of talks scheduled for Thursday had been cancelled on a request from India.
Fisheries Ministry spokesman Narendra Rajapaksa said that the Sri Lankan government hopes to facilitate the talks on a fresh date this month.
Indian fishermen had requested that the talks take place on March 18 or 19 but Rajapaksa said that a date is yet to be agreed on.
Fishermen from India often stray into Sri Lanka's northern waters to poach and are arrested by the navy while Sri Lankan fishermen cross into Indian waters for a better catch.
The issue has resulted in tensions between India's southern Tamil Nadu state and Sri Lanka with Tamil Nadu accusing the Sri Lankan navy of attacking Indian fishermen who cross the international maritime boundary line.
In order to defuse the tensions, talks have been held in India earlier this year and the second round had been scheduled for Thursday in Colombo but the Indians had placed last minute conditions for the discussions to go ahead as scheduled.
India had requested the release of over 100 Indian fishermen in Sri Lankan custody ahead of Thursday's scheduled talks. While the Indian fishermen were eventually released by Wednesday which was too late, the talks had been called off.
The Sri Lankan Fisheries Ministry said it had made all arrangements for the talks to be held as scheduled and now fresh dates will need to be looked at at a time convenient to both sides.

hot search :

prev:Enhancing Fisheries Science and Education in the Northeastern US
next:2014 Shenzhen International Fisheries & Seafood Expo

share: