KATCHATHEEVU AGREEMENT 1974 PDF

The island was earlier part of the Ramnad Kingdom which existed in Madurai district of India. Later on with the British rule on the Indian subcontinent was the island part of the Madras Presidency. Ownership of the island was controversial up until as during British rule the island was administered by both countries. India recognized Sri Lankan equal ownership.

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Katchatheevu, an uninhabited islet in the Palk Strait, is the centre of a long-standing dispute between the fishermen of Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka. Jayalalithaa pushed for the retrieval of Katchatheevu, the centre of a long-standing dispute between the fishermen of Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka. The acre land, strategically important for fishing activities, was owned by the Raja of Ramnad Ramanathapuram and later became part of the Madras Presidency after the delimitation of Gulf of Mannar and Palk Strait during British rule between the then governments of Madras and Ceylon.

In , both Sri Lanka and India claimed this piece of land for fishing and the dispute remained unsettled. This forced M. Though ceded to Sri Lanka, the agreement, which did not specify fishing rights, allowed Indian fishermen to fish around Katchatheevu and to dry their nets on the island. The fishing vessels and fishermen of India shall not engage in fishing in the historic waters, the territorial sea and the Exclusive Economic Zone of Sri Lanka, nor shall the fishing vessels and fishermen of Sri Lanka engage in fishing in the historic waters, the territorial sea and the Exclusive Economic Zone of India, without the express permission of Sri Lanka or India, as the case may be," said the agreement.

In , the Tamil Nadu Assembly adopted a resolution demanding the retrieval of Katchatheevu. During the civil war and with northern borders under the control of the LTTE expand , the fishermen had easy access into the fishing grounds. Later in , Jayalalithaa moved the Supreme Court to nullify the Katchatheevu agreements of and When Indian fishermen crossed boundaries, arrests followed and talks for retrieval of Katchatheevu followed suit in Tamil Nadu.

The Sri Lankan government claims that depletion of marine resources on its waters has affected the livelihood of fishermen. Why are you fishing in our waters? Stay on the Indian side There will be no issue No one will shoot anyone else You stay on the Indian side, let our fishermen stay on the Sri Lankan side You came in there. Last month, reports claimed that the church was going to be demolished by the Sri Lankan government, but it was clarified later by the external affairs ministry spokesperson, Vikas Swarup, that nothing of the sort would happen.

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TN asks Centre to withdraw 1974 agreement with Sri Lanka

The Island of Katchatheevu is a part of the Indian Union. It is very much within the sovereign and territorial limits of this Nation. Yet, the Central Government refuses to acknowledge this basic fact and transcending all its Constitutional authority, the Centre has allowed Sri Lanka to exercise its suzerainty over Katchatheevu Island. This has emboldened the Sri Lankan navy to continue with its unabated killing of our Tamil Fishermen. While, the Central Government is solely responsible for this malady, the DMK which occupies a predominant position in the Centre remains a mute spectator over the happenings.

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Katchatheevu

Katchatheevu should be brought back to Indian control in order to ensure safe fishing by Indians! Image credit: Lanka on Globe — WordPress. Katchatheevu, an uninhabited small islet in the Palk Strait, is the centre of a long-standing dispute between the fishermen of Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka. The island originated from a volcanic eruption that occurred in the 14th century. In India recognized Sri Lankan ownership of the island on a conditional agreement.

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Katchatheevu, an uninhabited islet in the Palk Strait, is the centre of a long-standing dispute between the fishermen of Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka. Jayalalithaa pushed for the retrieval of Katchatheevu, the centre of a long-standing dispute between the fishermen of Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka. The acre land, strategically important for fishing activities, was owned by the Raja of Ramnad Ramanathapuram and later became part of the Madras Presidency after the delimitation of Gulf of Mannar and Palk Strait during British rule between the then governments of Madras and Ceylon. In , both Sri Lanka and India claimed this piece of land for fishing and the dispute remained unsettled. This forced M. Though ceded to Sri Lanka, the agreement, which did not specify fishing rights, allowed Indian fishermen to fish around Katchatheevu and to dry their nets on the island.

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