AsiaNews) - As of today, India and Sri Lanka will release all fishermen and
vessels of the respective counterparty , arrested and held in custody in recent
decision is the result of a meeting that took place yesterday in New Delhi
between Sri Lankan Minister for Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Rajitha
Senaratne and Sharad Pawar, Indian Minister for Agriculture .
Also today, the two countries will discuss the problem of trawling, which is practiced by India but causes severe damage to the Sri Lankan ecosystem.
Specifically, New Delhi will release 160 Sri Lankan fishermen and four boats, in turn Colombo will set free 236 Indian fishermen and 90 vessels. Senaratne has called the talks "highly fruitful". At the request of the Indian government, the minister added that he will soon be taking the necessary measures to reduce fishing -related disputes between the two countries.
For over 10 years New Delhi and Colombo have been at loggerheads over the ongoing trespassing of fishermen, which especially irritates the governments of the coastal states of India and the islands of the Bay of Bengal. In recent years, India and Sri Lanka have had their crews imprisoned several times for having invaded territorial waters.