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President welcomes Philippines' interest in fishery talks

President welcomes Philippines' interest in fishery talks

Taipei, May 22 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou said Wednesday he welcomed the Philippines' interest in holding talks on a fishery agreement with Taiwan. Signing a fishery agreement is very important because it would lay down clear boundaries that would provide fishermen with more of a guideline on where they can go, Ma said during an interview with Taiwan's China Television Co. Such an agreement will also make it easier to deal with trespassing, he said. "Trespassing is unavoidable even with a clear delineation. But by that time, there will be a basis for handling such incidents," Ma said. Philippine President Benigno Aquino III said Tuesday that Manila was open to talks on a fishery agreement with neighboring countries, including Taiwan, once the diplomatic standoff over the killing of a Taiwanese fisherman by Philippine Coast Guard personnel is resolved. The fisherman died when a Philippine Coast Guard vessel strafed a Taiwanese fishing boat on May 9 while it was operating in waters where the two countries' exclusive economic zones overlap. The two countries have never reached an understanding on where their respective fishing boats can operate in the overlapping zones, one of the factors leading to the May 9 incident. (By Kelven Huang and Y.F. Low)


Updated : 2020-12-02 15:11 GMT+08:00