Sushma raises fishermen''s killing issue with Sri Lankan envoy

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New Delhi, Feb 11 (PTI) BJP leader Sushma Swaraj todayvoiced concern over the recent killing of two Indian fishermenallegedly by Sri Lankan Navy when its envoy met her here.

High Commissioner Prasad Kariyawasam met Swaraj, theLeader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha, at her residence andpromised to convey the views to the highest authorities in SriLanka.

"I met the High commissioner at my residence. I raisedthe issue of killing of our fishermen by the Sri Lanka Navy,"Swaraj posted on microblogging site Twitter.

She said that she had voiced concern over the matter andthat Kariyawasam had told her that the "Government of SriLanka does not approve of the killing of our (Indian)fishermen".

He "promised to convey my concerns to the highestauthorities in Sri Lanka," she wrote in a posting.

The BJP leader said she would "continue to follow upthis issue".

The killing of two Indian fishermen within a span of onemonth allegedly by Sri Lankan Navy last month sparked hugeprotests in Tamil Nadu.

A fisherman was killed and two others were injuredwhile fishing off Kodiakarai coast on January 22, in thesecond such incident in a fortnight.

Although, Sri Lanka has declined its Navy''s involvementin the killings, the issue angered India with the governmentsaying the use of force against the innocent fishermen was"unacceptable" and must be stopped.

External Affairs Minister S M Krishna, who met his Lankancounterpart G L Peiris in Bhutan on Monday, conveyed India''s"deep concerns" over the issue.

During the 30-minute meeting, Peiris and Krishna agreedon the early convening of the Joint Working Group to discussthe issue of fishermen.

Peiris maintained that his government''s initialinvestigation had shown that its Navy was not involved in thedeath of the Indian fishermen and wanted more evidence, ifany, to prove otherwise so that the matter could be lookedinto in that context.

India has already furnished some evidence and expressedreadiness to give more depending on availability, which isexpected from Tamil Nadu.

On January 31, Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao also visitedSri Lanka to discuss the matter.

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