May 27, 2014 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapaksa had discussed the island’s post-war reconciliation process and an fishing dispute with India’s new Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi, his office said. “Both agreed that talks between the fishermen and the meeting of the joint committee of officials must continue,” the statement said.
Sri Lanka has been trying to stop fishermen mainly from South India from coming into the waters after the end of a civil war in 2009.
During the 30-year war fishermen from Sri Lanka’s north and east were under military restrictions allowing Indian fishermen to come into Sri Lankan waters.
Prime Minister Mody had also wanted the SAARC to focus on common issues that can benefit the region and reflect regional concerns on a global platform, the statement said.
Update II President Rajapaksa and leaders of the South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation were invited to the swearing-in ceremony of India’s new Prime Minister.
Tamil parties and India’s Communist Party had criticized the move to invite the Sri Lankan President over alleged war crimes during the last stages of a 30-year civil war with Tamil Tiger separatists.