Restrain your fishermen, Rajapaksa tells Manmohan

August 1st, 2008 - 11:06 pm ICT by IANS  

A file-photo of Manmohan Singh
By M.R. Narayan Swamy
Colombo, Aug 1 (IANS) Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa Friday urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to ensure that Indian fishermen did not breach the maritime boundary between the two countries. Responding to Indian concerns that Indian fishermen were facing attacks from the Sri Lankan Navy, Rajapaksa told Manmohan Singh that it was his country’s policy to treat all arrested fishermen humanely.

At the same time, he said the Indian authorities should discourage Indian fishermen from crossing the international line of demarcation, saying their presence was used by the Tamil Tigers for its activities against the Sri Lankan state.

Rajapaksa’s comments, according to a presidential communiqu

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