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* Sri Lanka, India fishermen level talks on March 25
Sun, Mar 16, 2014, 11:54 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 16, Colombo: The postponed fishermen level talks between the Sri Lankan and Indian fishermen are to be held in Colombo on March 25, the state government of Tamil Nadu has decided.

The Tamil Nadu State government has fixed March 25th date for the second round of talks, which were scheduled to be held on March 13th , got postponed since Sri Lanka did not release all the Indian fishermen and their boats detained in Sri Lanka before the talks as the Tamil Nadu government demanded.

Sri Lanka released 116 fishermen and 26 boats on Wednesday and 24 fishermen and five boats on Thursday. Another 32 fishermen and eight boats were released on Friday.

The release of Indian fishermen came after a Tamil Nadu state government official's statement that the second round of talks between Sri Lanka and India fishermen scheduled for March 13 in Colombo would take place only if Sri Lanka releases all the 177 Indian fishermen and their 44 boats currently in Sri Lankan custody.

The Tamil Nadu government has also released 39 Sri Lankan fishermen and their boats.

The scheduled meeting between the fishermen representatives and the officials of the two countries was an extension of a series of rounds of talks that began in January.

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