The Philippines said not withdraw the vessel during the fishing moratorium in the Huangyan Island
China news agency Manila May 14, 2008 (Reporter Zhang Ming) the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines issued a statement on the 14th revealed that Philippine President Corazon Aquino has decided that the Philippine government will also release fishing moratorium order.
Chinese Ministry of Agriculture, South China Sea Fisheries Board today announced that starting at 12:00 on the May 16, most of the South China Sea waters will enter a period of two and a half months of the fishing moratorium in the period. Then, at latitude 12 degrees north to Fujian and Guangdong waters boundary line of the South China Sea (including the North Bay), in addition to single-layer gill nets, fishing industry, prohibit the production of all other job types. The Chinese Ministry of Agriculture, the South China Sea Fisheries Bureau official said, the Huangyan Island waters is located in the Dongsha Islands waters, located at latitude 15 degrees north, to control the scope of the moratorium system. In an interview with reporters on the 14th Philippine President Corazon Aquino expressed “welcome”, claiming that the Philippines also demanded that the Philippine fishermen to avoid fishing in the disputed waters.
Philippine Department of State on the 14th, issued a public statement, issued by China fishing moratorium order “to contain the grounds of the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone”, claiming that the non-recognition of the Philippine side. However, this short span of two-sentence statement also claimed that “the Philippine President Corazon Aquino has decided to accelerate the loss of view of our marine resources, we issued their own fishing moratorium order is desirable, in order to supplement the fishery resources in the period of time.
Philippine Foreign Ministry spokesman Hernandez revealed to the media, the Philippines date and the exact region of the fishing moratorium has not been determined, but he still said that the Philippine vessel in the waters of the Huangyan Island will continue to stay in the area.
April 10 this year on the morning of 12 Chinese fishing boats operating in the Huangyan Island lagoon, a Philippine warship interfere with Philippine warship was an attempt to snatch the Chinese fishermen to be stuck in the lagoon, been two Chinese ocean surveillance ship to stop, causing the two sides the sea confrontation since. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei stressed at a press conference on May 14, the Chinese authorities to implement the offshore moratorium system has been taken by an administrative measures, in order to protect the living marine resources of the waters, and the current Huangyan Island has nothing to do. (End)
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