Lankan Minister’s remarks on nationalisation of TN fishermen boats ‘provocative and intimidatory’: CM

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Chennai, January 2
Strongly condemning Sri Lankan Minister’s remarks that seized boats of Indian fishermen would be made the Sri Lankan government’s property as ‘provocative and intimidatory’, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam today urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take steps to secure the release 51
fishermen and the boats from their custody.
In a Demi-Official letter to Modi, copies of which were released to the media here, he said the Lankan Minister’s remarks were unfortunate and provocative. “I write with a sense of deep anguish at the very unfortunate and needlessly provocative remarks of the Sri Lankan Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Mahinda Amaraweera indicating that the fishing boats and gear of fishermen of Tamil Nadu which are in the custody of the Sri Lankan
authorities, will be taken over and made the property of the Government of Sri Lanka”, he said. Stating that a similar statement was also made by the Sri Lankan Northern Province Minister for Fisheries and Rural Development Balasubramaniam Deniswaran, which has been extensively reported in Tamil Nadu’s regional media, he said it was an unfortunate development coming at a time when the India-Sri Lanka Joint Working Group on Fisheries met in New Delhi on December 31 and was due to meet again on the sidelines of the Ministerial meeting at
Colombo today.

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