Ministry stood ground in Manila row: Lin
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Foreign Minister David Lin said yesterday that his ministry never, from beginning to end, gave up in its efforts or softened its stance in dealing with the Philippine authorities over the shooting death of a Taiwanese fisherman in May by Philippine coastguardsmen.
August 11, 2013, 12:02 am TWN
Lin made the remarks in an interview with the Central News Agency conducted two days after the Philippine government made an official apology and promised compensation to the family of the slain fisherman.
This effectively brought to an end the three-month diplomatic row, which began when fisherman Hung Shih-cheng was killed by Philippine coastguardsmen on May 9 while aboard the Kuang Ta Hsing No. 28.
The boat was fishing in the overlapping economic waters of Taiwan and the Philippines in the South China Sea.
“The stance of our ministry has been to achieve justice for the family of Hung, safeguard the interests of fishermen, and take national interests into consideration,” Lin said.
“It takes time to carry out effective negotiations. Our ministry has tried all possible channels to deal with the Philippines, resulting in constructive conclusions,” Lin continued.
On Aug. 8, Amadeo Perez Jr., chairman of the Manila Economic and Cultural Office, visited the family members of Hung Shih-cheng, extending an official apology to them on behalf of the Philippine president, in addition to offering them compensation.
Further, the Philippine coastguardsmen involved in the shooting case will be indicted on homicide charges.
Accordingly, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs lifted on Aug. 8 a total of 11 retaliatory measures against the Philippines on the grounds that the Philippine government has shown good will by responding positively to the four demands raised by Taiwan.
Lin declined to comment on remarks by opposition lawmakers that the government should lift the retaliatory measures against the Philippines in several stages.