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* Sri Lanka agrees to conditionally release 42 Indian fishing boats
Fri, Jun 16, 2017, 04:23 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

June 16, Colombo: Sri Lanka has agreed to release 42 Indian fishing boats held in its custody since 2015 on a condition that they will never re-enter the country's territorial waters.

Fisheries Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said in a statement yesterday that the Indian government has been informed about this decision, PTI reported.

"They should never return to violate our International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL)," Minister Amaraweera was quoted as saying.

He said that Sri Lanka's earlier decision not to release the boats and equipment while releasing the fishermen had its desirous effect.

The Indian government has now banned bottom trawling.

Amaraweera said the views of the local fishery organizations were also sought before making the decision to release the Indian boats.

He said the issue of poaching by Indian fishermen in Sri Lanka had gone on for over 35 years. Several governments from both the sides of Palk Straits had failed to resolve the sensitive issue.

Sri Lanka has 143 boats belonged to Tamil Nadu fishermen in custody, according to the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister.

** Related Story :: Sri Lanka to release 42 Indian boats, but warns of action if Tamil Nadu fishermen enter its waters


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