||A view from the International Maritime Boundary line India - Sri Lanka
The international maritime boundary line (IMBL) is the stretch of sea which marks the maritime border between India and Sri Lanka.In recent times this is a region that has been a constant resource of conflict and tension for both countries.
Both India and Sri Lanka have an important stake in the IMBL and its future.For Sri Lanka.it is a rich source of marine source resources and an important security concern For India,the IMBL is literally her backyard, yet her control over it is limited by International convention.For both countries it is an area of strategic importance, which has featured conspicuously in Indo - Lanka relations.
The substantial work of research takes a detailed, ground up look at the issues and problems which affect the region.Amongst the most contentious is the question of sovereignty and territorial waters.There are also various other issues; poaching and illegal fishing, illegal migration, smuggling, human trafficking, narcotics, maritime pollution and the challenge of search and rescue at sea.Overriding everything else, are very real concerns about national security and the preservation of the marine environment.
As a region the IMBL has yet to be studied in great detail.As a serving naval officer,Captain Prasad Kariyapperuma offers us a first hand perspective,which is informed and practical.Exploring the issues and problems encountered on the IMBL, he argues that they concern both countries and their navies.They are common problems, as such they can only be solved by cooperation and conclusion.