Sri Lanka mulls granting licences to Indian trawlers

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The Sri Lankan government is considering a proposal to issue permits to a limited number of Indian trawlers to enter the International Maritime Boundary Line in an attempt to minimise illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, a media report has said.

Defence Ministry Secretary Karunasena Hettiarachchi said that a licensing system was being explored.

“We have not finalised it. It is a very sensitive issue for both sides,” Sunday Times quoted him as saying.

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Technical proposals will be drawn up and submitted to the Indian Government through diplomatic channels, Hettiarachchi said, declining to give further details.

Yet the proposal which came from the Indian side is likely to face strong opposition the paper …

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