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* Sri Lankan minister says Indian court cannot nullify accord on Kachchativu Island
Sun, Apr 17, 2011, 08:45 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 17, Colombo: A senior minister of the Sri Lankan government has said that neither an Indian court nor an international court has the mandate to nullify the 1974 Indo-Sri Lankan accord on Kachchativu Island in the Palk Strait.

Fisheries Minister Dr. Rajitha Senarathna has told the media that a court of one country couldn't scrap an agreement reached between two countries.

He has said that an international court couldn't nullify a bi-lateral agreement.

According to him, if an international court can nullify a bi-lateral agreement, then no two countries could sign such agreements.

Dr. Senarathna had made the statement in reference to a public interest litigation petition that was filed in the Madras High Court in Madurai in India seeking a direction to the Central Indian government to scrap the 1974 Indo-Sri Lankan accord on the Kachchativu Island.

Kachchativu Island was a part of India until it ceded the island in 1974 to Sri Lanka.



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