Tai­wan, Philip­pines mov­ing closer to fish­ery pact: agri­cul­ture min­is­ter

The China Post - - LOCAL -

The prospects of Tai­wan and the Philip­pines sign­ing a fish­ery law en­force­ment agree­ment are good, James Sha, vice min­is­ter of the Coun­cil of Agri­cul­ture (COA), said Thurs­day af­ter fish­ery of­fi­cials from both sides met in Manila ear­lierin the week to dis­cuss the con­tentious is­sue of fish­ing rights.

The meet­ing was sched­uled to be held in Taipei but the Filipino del­e­ga­tion can­celed their trip fol­low­ing a se­ries of in­ci­dents, in­clud­ing a stand­off be­tween coast­guard ves­sels from the two coun­tries, and the de­ten­tion of Tai­wanese fish­ing ves­sels by Filipino pa­trol boats.

Led by Tsay tzu-yaw, di­rec­tor­gen­eral of the COA’s Fish­ery Agency, a Tai­wanese del­e­ga­tion of of­fi­cials from the for­eign min­istry and Coast Guard Ad­min­is­tra­tion left for Manila ear­lier this week to meet with their Filipino coun­ter­parts to try to iron out the is­sues and ne­go­ti­ate an agree­ment on fish­ery law en­force­ment.

Sha said the ne­go­tia­tors had reached a high de­gree of con­sen­sus and that a draft agree­ment has been sent to the Philip­pines’ Pres­i­den­tial Of­fice for re­view.

He said he thinks an agree­ment can be signed soon, as long as the sit­u­a­tion be­tween the two sides con­tin­ues to im­prove.

How­ever, Sha said, dis­cus­sions on the marine ar­eas in which fish­er­men from both coun­tries should be al­lowed to op­er­ate will not take place un­til both sides can guar­an­tee that there will be no use of force in the event of dis­putes.

To this end, the prospec­tive agree­ment will pro­vide guide­lines for each side to promptly no­tify the other of any in­ci­dents that re­quire law en­force­ment in dis­puted wa­ters and to guar­an­tee the early re­lease of any de­tained boats or fish­er­men, Sha said.

CNA

Po­lice of­fi­cers es­cort Lin Hong-dow (

), pres­i­dent of the Chi­nese Taipei Olympic Com­mit­tee (CTOC, ), out of Taipei Song­shan Air­port yesterday. The po­lice sum­moned him on June 16. Of­fi­cers de­tained him im­me­di­ately af­ter he landed yesterday. He is cur­rently un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion on a charge of em­bez­zling more than NT$2.4 bil­lion from China United Trust and In­vest­ment Corp. with his brother Harace Lin (

), for­mer chair­man and pres­i­dent of Taipei 101.

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