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Stalin urges Centre to safe launch of six Tamil Nadu fishermen from Sri Lankan custody


Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.Okay. Stalin. File
| Picture Credit score: The Hindu

Following the arrest of six fishermen from Ramanathapuram district in Tamil Nadu by the Sri Lankan Navy, Chief Minister M.Okay. Stalin on Wednesday wrote to Union Exterior Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar, searching for steps to safe their launch. He additionally reiterated that the fishermen challenge between the 2 international locations be sorted out by way of diplomatic channels.

In his letter to the Union Minister, Mr. Stalin referred to the latest arrest and mentioned that in latest occasions, there had been a disturbing development of Tamil Nadu fishermen being arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy, creating an “alarming scenario” that demanded speedy consideration.

“These arrests not solely undermine the normal fishing rights of the Tamil neighborhood but additionally contribute to a local weather of concern and uncertainty among the many fishing inhabitants. The arrests jeopardise these rights, threatening the cultural and financial material of the Tamil fishing communities,” Mr. Stalin mentioned.

Within the mild of the issues he raised, Mr. Stalin mentioned there was a “urgent want” for diplomatic efforts to handle the scenario. The revival of the Joint Working Group between India and Sri Lanka, which targeted on problems with fisheries, may present a constructive platform for talks, he mentioned.

The Chief Minister additional requested the Union Minister to take the steps by way of applicable diplomatic channels to convene the Joint Working Group to kind out the lengthy pending points between the Indian fishermen and the Sri Lankan Navy in order that the arrests of harmless fishermen have been prevented.

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