Katchatheevu: Tiny Sri Lankan island sparks political row in India – news today


Since 1921, rulers in both India and Sri Lanka (then Ceylon) – British colonies at the time – had staked claim to fishing rights in the waters around Katchatheevu. But in 1974, India ended the dispute by relinquishing any claim over the island; two years later, India and Sri Lanka signed an agreement that prevented people from both countries from fishing in waters belonging to each other.

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