If there is one man in Sri Lanka’s Northern Province government who has a particularly challenging task, it is B. Deniswaran.

The portfolio of the 39-year-old Minister includes fisheries — which affects not just India-Sri Lanka relations but also the dynamic between Tamil Nadu and New Delhi.

Soon after the first Northern Provincial Council session on Friday, Mr. Deniswaran told The Hindu that he will, along with Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran, travel to Chennai early next year to hold talks with leaders.

“This is a livelihood issue. We have to deal with it diplomatically,” said the lawyer from Mannar, adding that the NPC would try its best to work out a solution that is sensitive to fishermen of both countries.