Poaching talks: Rajitha wants at ministerial level


by Maheesha Mudugamuwa

Taking the dialogue process forward, Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said yesterday that the government was looking forward to the ministerial level talks on the issue of trespassing and poaching by fishermen of India and Sri Lanka before the fisheries organisations discussions announced by the Tamil Nadu.

He said that the letters had already been sent to the Indian Central Government seeking dates for the meeting next month.

However the Tamil Nadu government on Monday announced that the second round of talks between the representatives of fishermen communities in the State and Sri Lanka would be held on May 12 and 13 in Colombo.

Fisheries Ministry Media Spokesman Narendra Sri Rajapaksa said that the Tamil Nadu Government had only sent letters to the Indian Central Government but they had not informed the Sri Lankan government about the meetings.

The first round of talks between the fishermen representatives of Lanka and Tamil Nadu was held on January 27 in Chennai and it was decided to continue the dialogue process to resolve the issues amicably.

During the talks between the Indian fishermen and their Sri Lankan counterparts both sides agreed to honour their end of the deal. However, the discussions were put off after a series of poaching by the Indian fishermen.

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