A bit delayed second round of talks between the Indian and Sri Lankan fisheries organizations on the issue of poaching began this morning in Colombo attended by fishermen representatives and officials from both the countries.
Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne promised all the facilities for the discussions and said that the government-level discussion involving experts from both countries would be held following the results of these discussions. Sri Lanka will raise the continued entry into Sri Lankan territorial waters by Tamil Nadu fishermen at the in clear violation of the agreement reached at the first round of talks held on Jan. 27 in Chennai, the ministry sources said.
The first round of talks between the fishermen’s representatives of Lanka and Tamil Nadu was held on January 27 in Chennai and the second which had been scheduled in March, was canceled twice as the Indian representatives reportedly failed to confirm their participation in time.
The second rounds of talks, between representatives of fishermen’s associations in Sri Lanka and Tamil Nadu, India, had earlier been scheduled for March 13, but didn’t take place. “The talks were rescheduled for March 27 on a request by Tamil Nadu fisheries representatives,” announced by the Fisheries Ministry a week’s after. However, the Tamil Nadu delegation failed to turn up in Colombo on the day of the scheduled talks and the organizers had to postpone it again.
According to the Fisheries Ministry, 17 fisheries organization representatives and eight officials from India have participated in the talks with the Sri Lankan lineup; which includes 20 fishermen representatives and 10 officials. Leaders of fishermen associations in Jaffna, Mannar, Mullaitivu, Kilinochchi, Vavuniya, Trincomalee, Puttalam, and Southern districts will participate in the discussions representing Sri Lanka.