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President will intervene in fishermen conflicts in Mullaitivu - Mano Ganesan

The Sri Lankan president has promised to personally intervene in the issue of Sinhalese fishermen fishing illegally in Mullaitivu, which has caused tension in the areas, Minister Mano Ganesan has said.

“At Cabinet, I raised the issue of violence at Semmalai, Mullaitivu between Fishermen factions of North & South. President promised to hold special discussion to permanently settle the conflict when he visits North on 22nd,” Mano Ganesan said on Twitter.

Tensions in Mullaitivu came to a head this week when the huts and boats of Tamil fishermen were set alight, after Tamil fishermen had engaged in a week-long protest against illegal fishing by Sinhalese fishermen.