India, Lanka together to prevent fishermen attacks
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Last Updated: Wednesday, January 25, 2012, 17:21
New Delhi: Joint management of resources and making a limited pool of water for fishing are some of the possible options that are being explored by India and Sri Lanka to prevent incidents of fishermen being harassed or attacked.

India has also handed over a non-paper to the Sri Lankan side on the initiatives that could be taken to prevent such incidents in future as the other side is not receptive for any formal agreement as it fears that there would be some legal implications.

The issues were discussed at length between the two countries at the Joint Working Group on Fisheries last week in the wake of incidents of Indian fishermen being harassed allegedly by the Sri Lankan Navy.

They said the two countries have also decided to promote greater interaction and cooperation between fishermen from both sides so that they understand each other's problems and find ways to avoid any confrontation.

They also noted that the Sri Lankan government has been very cooperative in assisting the Indian fishermen who get stranded in the sea and they were "assisted fairly".

India's endeavour was to reach some "safe, secure and sustainable" arrangement to make sure that the fishermen of both countries are able to carry out their work without any difficult.

The ideas proposed by India include joint management of resources and making certain limited pool of water for fishing by fishermen from both countries and coming out new modes of fishing in the area, they said.

The sources also pointed out that joint patrol by Coast Guard and Sri Lankan Navy could not be possible because it has "other implications".


First Published: Wednesday, January 25, 2012, 17:21

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