Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, J.Jayalalithaa

An Indo-Sri Lankan team of fishermen is seeking a meeting with the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, J.Jayalalithaa, to resolve the long standing and irksome issue of fishing in the Palk Strait.

S.P.Anthonymuthu, Advisor to the Indo-Lanka Fishermen’s Welfare Forum, told Express on Sunday, that he, along with N. Devadas of the Rameswaram Fishermen’s Association, will be writing to the Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary on Monday, seeking an early appointment with Chief Minister Jayalalithaa.

“We are keen on meeting her prior to the fourth round of talks between the fishermen’s associations of the two countries. We have already finalized the names of the 10-member Indo-Lankan team comprising five persons from each country,” Anthonymuthu said.

However, Ponnambalam, President of the Jaffna District Federation of Rural Fishermen Associations, said that any talks with Indian fishermen or leaders will have to be preceded by a meeting with the Lankan Minister of Fisheries, Mahinda Amaraweera.

“We have to know the mind of the Lankan government first. And we have to first decide, amongst ourselves here, what we should say in Chennai,” he said.

Amaraweera has called for a meeting of Northern fishermen, the Coast Guard and the Navy in Colombo on October 22. (New Indian Express)