The Sri Lankan minister said the talks held between the two fishing communities had not been successful.“Our fishing organizations have told me that talks would be of no use. Organization representatives are unable to take any decisions, he told PTI. However, the Minister added that Sri Lanka will continue to hold the boats and equipment of the Indian fishermen arrested for allegedly poaching. He said the talks were not successful because the representatives from the Indian side are not fishermen “Because it is the Tamil Nadu politicians who own these boats,” he said. (Colombo Gazette) Sri Lanka today freed 126 Indian fishermen arrested for poaching in Sri Lankan waters. The fishermen were freed through courts in the North.Both Sri Lanka and India today completed the formalities for the release of Indian and Sri Lankan fishermen detained in each other’s country for allegedly fishing in each other’s waters. Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said that Sri Lanka took measures to release the 126 Indian fishermen arrested by the country’s Navy for poaching in Sri Lankan waters as a humanitarian gesture.
Pro-LTTE groups are preparing to stage a protest when President Maithripala Sirisena visits the UN next week.President Maithripala Sirisena is scheduled to speak at the UN during the UN General Assembly on September 25th. The Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) said it will be holding a protest rally against President Sirisena outside the UN General Assembly in New York City, on September 25th from 12:00 to 2:00 pm. The TGTE has accused the President of being responsible for the deaths of approximately 70,000 Tamils during the war. “President Sirisena has admitted that he was the acting defense minister during the war when large numbers of Tamils were killed, including thousands who surrendered. The surrendered also included several babies and children. Almost 10 years have passed since their surrender and they still remain disappeared,” TGTE said. (Colombo Gazette)