Director General of the Indian Coast Guard discusses issues related to fishing with the Commander, North Central Naval Command of Sri Lanka; TNA delegates visit India; Indian Coast Guard intensifies patrol in the IMBL; Prof. G.L. Peiris visits Slovenia; T
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  • According to reports, Director General of the Indian Coast Guard, Vice Admiral Anurag Thapliyal visited Thalaimannar to discuss issues related to fishing with the Commander, North Central Naval Command, Rear Admiral Sisira Jayakody. 1

    In another development, a delegation of parliamentarians of Sri Lanka's major Tamil party, Tamil National Alliance left for India on June 15, 2013 to meet Indian political leaders and discuss the power devolution. 2

    In a bid to prevent fishermen from this region crossing the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) and entering Sri Lankan waters, Indian Coast Guard station in Puducherry in Taml Nadu has intensified patrol besides launching awareness campaigns. 3

    Reports noted that Sri Lanka and Slovenia have agreed to further strengthen the bilateral trade and economic ties between the two countries at the conclusion of an official visit under taken by Sri Lanka's Minister of External Affairs, Prof. G.L. Peiris to Ljubljana on June 10. 4

    The Chief of Defence Force of the Maldives National Defence Force Major General Ahmed Shiyam called on the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on June 10 at Temple Trees. 5

    Sri Lanka urged Germany to ‘keep a close watch on the several LTTE front organisations in Germany, breaching the European Union proscription’. External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris, during his bilateral discussions in Berlin with Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany, Dr. Guido Westerwelle, also said that several LTTE front organisations were operating in Germany under the guise of community organisations. 6

    In other developments, according to reports, the United States’ establishment of a base in the Maldives could change the complexion of the sub-continent region as there is likelihood of its growing interest in the region by aligning more with India; thus causing a factor which may affect Sri Lanka, Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa said this while delivering a lecture for students following the National Interest Module of the inaugural MPhil/PhD Programme of the Kotelawala Defence University on June 13. The Defence Secretary pointed out that it was essential to further strengthen the existing cordial relationships with powerful nations such as China and Russia, which have permanent seats on the United Nations Security Council and could influence any international action on Sri Lanka more significantly than other nations. 7

    Reports noted that Sri Lanka ranks at 110th place in this year's Global Peace Index (GPI) which ranked 162 nations according to their level of peace. Sri Lanka has however, improved 9 percent from 2008 placing it at the 5th place of the top most improved countries In the South Asian region Sri Lanka ranked at fourth behind Bhutan, Nepal and Bangladesh in the order and one place above India which ranked at 141. Pakistan and Afghanistan ranked below India in that order. 8