A special inter agency committee has commenced drafting a document to present Sri Lanka’s case to claim the continental shelf beyond 200 nautical miles, the External Affairs Ministry said last week.

Accordingly, the committee would present the document to the United Nations Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (UN CLCS) once the drafting process is complete, Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, MahishiniColonne said.

Recently, countries including Bangladesh, the Maldives and India had objected to Sri Lanka’s claim of the continental shelf beyond 200 nautical miles.

“The committee is currently working on the said document and would submit Sri Lanka’s case to the UN soon,” she said.

Meanwhile, the Navy has drawn up a special 10-year action plan to protect Sri Lanka’s maritime border from Maldives to Malacca Strait.

Accordingly, the Navy is to obtain two deep sea monitoring vessels from India in 2017 and 2018. In addition, the Government is also discussing with countries such as the United States, Russia and Japan to obtain its assistance to the programme.