Apr 272013

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* Sri Lanka, India navies discuss maritime issues at IMBL meetingSat, Apr 27, 2013, 11:24 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 27, Colombo: Sri Lanka and India have held the 22nd International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) meeting in the mid seas earlier this week to discuss maritime issues common to both countries.

The IMBL meeting between the two navies was held onboard the Indian Naval Ship Gharial at the Indo-Sri Lanka Maritime Boundary Line off Kankasanthurai on 23rd April 2013.

The Navy officials of the two neighboring countries have discussed several issues of bilateral importance focusing special attention on the fishing activities across the Palk Strait, Gulf of Mannar and Eastern sea areas. The two navies also discussed drug trafficking across the IMBL.

The biannual IMBL meeting held to strengthen the naval relationships between the two neighboring countries comes amid accusations by Tamil Nadu fishermen of attacks against them by the Sri Lanka Navy.

Both navies are trying to find a solution to handle the issue of fishermen from both India and Sri Lanka trespassing into each other’s territorial waters.

Commander Northern Naval Area, Rear Admiral Shirantha Udawatte headed the Sri Lankan delegation consisted of Sri Lanka Navy and Coast Guard officials.

The Indian delegation, consisted of Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guard officials, was headed by Naval Officer in Command at Tamil Nadu, Commodore AK Mahadevan.

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