Fourth round of Indo-Lanka fishing talks soon

fishermen_indian_fish_reuteThe fourth round of talks between representatives of fishermen of India and Sri Lanka to sort out fishing related issues will be held soon, M Ilango, Chairperson of the National Fishworker’s Forum (NFF) in India has said.

He also said that compensation to the families of Indian fishermen allegedly killed in attacks by the Sri Lankan navy since 1983 will be discussed in the co-ordination committee meeting of World Forum of Fisher People (WFFP) to be held in Puducherry from July 14 to 19, the New Indian Express reported.

Ilango said a resolution seeking compensation either from Sri Lanka or India was adopted during the WFFP general body meeting held at Cape Town in South Africa.

He said that the six-day coordination committee meeting will discuss how the issue could be taken forward and added that as many as 600 Indian fishermen have been killed by the Sri Lankan navy.

Ilango said the meeting will be held at Hotel Kailash at Pudukuppam, Poornakuppam of Puducherry and representatives from Sri Lanka, Pakistan, France, UK, USA, Canada, Italy, South Africa, Philippines, Spain, Kenya, Denmark, Argentina, Belize, Mauritania and many other countries are expected to participate. (Colombo Gazette)