Discussion held on using sea area of ​​250 nautical miles beyond exclusive economic zone

January 16, 2024 at 4:44 PM

The Sectoral Oversight Committee on International Relations has drawn its attention to the affairs related to the National Oceanic Affairs Committee Secretariate, an agency affiliated with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Committee to which Member of Parliament Namal Rajapaksa is the Chair, met under the Chairmanship of Member of Parliament Akila Ellawala on Tuesday (Jan 09).

According to a Parliament statement, the role of the National Oceanic Affairs Committee Secretariat, the challenges faced and the future plans were discussed here.

The current Chairman of the secretariat, Dr. N.P. Vijayananda, addressing the meeting, stated that there is a possibility of using a sea area of ​​250 nautical miles beyond the exclusive economic zone, which is 200 nautical miles from the land of the country, for economic activities in the country.

According to the United Nations Charter on the Law of the Sea, the agreement of the regional countries is necessary, so the Chairman pointed out that negotiations with other regional countries, including India, are ongoing. It was also discussed that this ocean region is very important for Sri Lanka due to fuel exploration and biodiversity.

Accordingly, the Committee Chair pointed out the need to speed up these activities in coordination with the Ministry of Defence, adding that he expects to make a request to the minister in charge of the subject.

Committee members MPs Madhura Withanage and S.M.M. Muszhaaraff, and officials representing the Ministry of Foreign Affairs were present at the Committee meeting. (NewsWire)