New Delhi, Jan 28 ():In a joint venture, both India and Sri Lanka have decided to settle for an agreement, drawing a fishing boundary in the Palk Strait which would possibly bring to a halt the frequent attacks on Tamil Nadu fishermen by the island navy, said Minister of State in PMO V. Narayanasamy.
While talking to reporters Narayanasamy said, the proposed agreement has been agreed by both India and Sri Lanka which is in a closing stage. After several talks held by External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid with his Sri Lankan counterpart, the governments of both the countries decided to put an end to the long prevailing mid-sea attacks that led to innocent killing and damaging their nets, added Narayanasamy.
He also said that the Indian High Commissioner in Sri Lanka has been discussing the matter with the government there for the past few days, which was followed by the PMO.
Earlier a week back, both India and Sri Lanka after discussing with each other decided to stop violence against fishermen straying into each other’s maritime boundary. Talking on safety of the fishermen, Union Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid asserted that both sides had placed great emphasis and have agreed not to indulge in violence under any circumstances.
To settle the sea boundary issue, both Sri Lankan and Indian fishermen have been called for talks for the purpose of fishing, admitted Narayanasamy saying that the centre is looking towards Jayalalithaa government to extend her cooperation in supporting the agreement which is in its final stage and help to resolve the long pending conflict between both the countries.
Sri Lankan Navy in a number of instances has earlier been indiscriminately opening fire on the Tamil Nadu fishermen who poached by crossing into their territory near Katchatheevu that was known to be rich in fish wealth. Chief Minister Jayalalithaa took up the matter to the notice of the central government demanding to reclaim the islet Katchatheevu which was given by India to Sri Lanka in the year 1970.