Next fishery meeting to be held soon: source
CNATAIPEI--Taipei and Manila will hold a delayed fishery meeting soon and will discuss how to implement proposals made at a previous meeting in June on maintaining order in their overlapping exclusive economic zones.
October 20, 2013, 12:01 am TWN
The meeting could be upgraded from “preparatory” talks to “formal” talks and will highlight law enforcement cooperation between Taiwan and the Philippines, said a diplomatic source on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue.
The two countries had agreed to hold a second meeting on Sept. 16, but it was delayed because of continued fighting between Muslim rebels and government forces in the southern Philippines, according to Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA).
MOFA spokeswoman Anna Kao declined to comment on the scheduling of the talks and said the ministry will reveal details when the time is right.
A first round of fishery talks was held on June 14 in response to an attack by a Philippine Coast Guard vessel on a Taiwanese fishing boat on May 9 in the two countries' overlapping exclusive economic zone.
The attack left a 65-year-old Taiwanese fisherman dead and triggered a diplomatic standoff between the two countries that lasted into early August.
At the first meeting, the two sides reached an initial consensus that there should be no use of force or violence during patrols of fishing grounds and that a mechanism should be established to inform each other of any fishery related incidents.