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'Fishermen of India, Lanka to meet before JWG meeting'

Press Trust of India  |  Colombo 

The Centre is working with the government to get the associations of fishermen of and to meet before the Joint Working Group meeting of the two countries to consider further measures for resolving the problem of frequent arrests and attacks.

"The Chief Minister of has written to us and we are following up on that. The cooperation of the state is essential and we are working with the government on this," Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh told reporters when asked whether the issue of fishermen's problems came up in her meeting with her Lankan counterpart Karunatilaka Amalagama.


She said 77 Indian fishermen were in Sri Lankan jails and a meeting of the fishermen's associations of the two countries was crucial.

The issue of Sri Lankan forces arresting Indian fishermen has been contentious with External Affairs Minister taking up the matter with the Sri Lankan leadership during his visit here last month.

"We discussed the very sensitive issue of livelihoods of fishermen...We have found a way of moving forward, now that there is agreement on both sides that our fishermen's representatives will meet quickly and find a way among themselves in a fair and rational manner" to resolve the issue, Khurshid had said after the talks.

First Published: Thu, November 14 2013. 20:03 IST
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