The invasion of Indian fishermen into the Sri Lankan waters has become a critical political issue, Minister of External Affairs Prof. G. L. Peiris said.
The Minister addressing a media conference at the Sri Lankan High Commission in New Delhi explained that thousands of Indian fishermen in 400-500 boats poach in the Sri Lankan waters day after day taking the resources away and damaging the marine life. He said the invading fishermen come so close, as close as 700 meters, to the Sri Lanka's shore.
He said there should be a stringent measure to effectively deter the Indian fishermen and his government has decided to prosecute the fishermen arrested for poaching in the island's waters and slap fines on them.
"There is very strong pressure on the government to take action to preserve the livelihood of our fishermen," the Minister said.
On India's participation at the upcoming CHOGM in Colombo, Prof. Peiris said that Sri Lanka hopes India will participate at the summit.
Noting that India is the largest democracy in the world and CHOGM is being held in South Asia for the first time in 24 years, Minister Peiris said India's presence at the summit is crucial.
"We hope the PM will be there," the Minister said addressing a media conference at the Sri Lankan High Commission in New Delhi.
Responding to the call for boycotting the event, the Minister said it's India's decision. More....