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JVP: Govt. Needs Firm Policy On Fishermen’s Issue

Feb 17, 2011 9:28:44 AM - thesundayleader.lk

The JVP says the government has failed to resolve the issues faced by local fishermen and the Indian fishermen who poach in Sri Lankan waters by taking a firm stance on the matter.

JVP Propaganda Secretary and parliamentarian Vijitha Herath observed that while protests have been organized in Tamil Nadu over the Indian fishermen’s issue, the Maha Bodhi Temple in India was also attacked over the problem.

Herath said the arrest of Indian fishermen in the North may lead to a conflict between India and Sri Lanka.

He noted that the government needed to action to resolve the issues between the Indian and Sri Lankan fishermen.

“The fishermen’s issue has been used to gain political mileage persons in the Tamil Nadu election campaign that is currently ongoing,” he said.

Meanwhile, Indian External Affairs Minister S. M. Krishna has reportedly spoken to his Sri Lankan counterpart Minister G. L. Peiris today (17).

Krishna had said the Indian government hoped that Colombo will take all the necessary steps to release the arrested Indian fishermen.