Sri Lanka says fishermen issue with India is resolved

Sri Lankan External Affairs Minister G L Peiris told parliament here that the issue of fishermen between India and Sri Lanka has been resolved.

Last Updated: Feb 25, 2011, 00:54 AM IST

Colombo: Sri Lanka today expressed
"satisfaction" over resolution of the issue of fishermen with
India, saying it "deeply values" close bilateral relations
with the country.

Sri Lankan External Affairs Minister G L Peiris told
parliament here that the issue of fishermen between India and
Sri Lanka has been resolved.

"It is a matter of deep satisfaction that we have been
able to receive this matter amicably", Peiris said.

Cataloguing the events including the deaths of two
Indian fishermen blamed on the Sri Lankan Navy in January and
the arrest of Indian fishermen in Sri Lanka, Peiris said that
the level of relations between the two nation saw to the
resolution of the issue.

"Sri lanka deeply values the close bilateral relations
with India", Peiris stressed.

He said the Sri lankan Navy`s non presence at the two
locations where the two shooting incidents of Indian fishermen
had been proved in the Sri Lankan investigations.

"Authorities do have the obligation to prevent the
incursions of the international maritime border line", Peiris
said.

Future similar disputes are to be resolved through
talks, "We proposed to revive the joint working group on
fishing".

Peiris` statement came as the Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh told the Rajya Sabha that India had asked Sri lanka not
to fire at fishermen.

Sri Lanka on February 18 had released 136 Indian
fishermen who were apprehended for allegedly poaching
in this country`s waters after India conveyed its deep
concern over their detention and sought their release.

The arrests had triggered protests in Tamil Nadu where
over 5,000 DMK workers, including party MPs Kanimozhi and T K
S Elangovan, had been arrested when they tried to take
out a rally to the Sri Lankan Deputy High Commission.

India had last month accused the Sri Lankan Navy of
killing at least two Indian fishermen.

This had triggered a flurry of diplomatic activity
between the two south Asian neighbours following which Foreign
Secretary Nirupama Rao visited Colombo to seek assurances to
prevent such incidents in future.

PTI