Sri Lankan president orders release of Indian fishermen in custody
March 28, 2014 - Colombo
- Sri Lankan government has ordered the release of all Indian fishermen in Sri Lanka's custody.
- President Mahinda Rajapaksa has given orders releasing Indian fishermen in the country's custody as a goodwill gesture.
- The decision comes a day after India abstained from voting a UN resolution seeking international probe into the alleged human rights violations in Sri Lanka during the last phase of civil war in the country.
- Sri Lanka is pleasantly surprised at India's decision not to vote for the resolution, since they have voted for similar resolutions the past couple of times.
- A total of 98 Indian fishermen who were in Sri Lanka's custody for alleged poaching will now be released. The arrests have created a friction between the neighbouring countries. India is Sri Lanka's largest trade partner.
- Sri Lankan external affairs minister GL Peiris appreciated India's stand and said that the positive response will help both countries resume the meetings.
- A total of 23 states voted in favour of international probe, while 12 voted against and 12 abstained.