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* Sri Lanka, India fishermen's talks get underway
Mon, Jan 27, 2014, 02:07 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 27, Chennai: The officials and the representatives of fishermen of Sri Lanka and Tamil Nadu got together in Chennai this morning to hold discussions on resolving the fisheries issues.

A Sri Lankan delegation led by the Director General of Sri Lanka Fisheries Department Nimal Hettiarachchi and comprising four other officials and 18 fishermen from the fisheries organizations in Northern and Eastern Provinces is participating in the discussions.

The meeting is presided over by Tamil Nadu Fisheries Minister K.A. Jayapal and attended by Suchitra Durai, joint secretary, of Indian Ministry of External Affairs. Additionally, 24 Indian fishermen are also taking part in the discussions.

The discussions are aimed at reaching a solution to the nagging issue of fishing rights in the Palk Bay and arrests of fishermen who invades each other's territorial waters.

The Sri Lankan Deputy High Commissioner at Chennai Sabarullah Khan also participated in the talks, The Hindu said.

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