Date: Jul 13, 2015
TAIPEI – There is still no signing date on the horizon for Taiwan’s fisheries pact with the
Philippines, despite two years of talks and claims that the agreement has reached final review, Chinese-language media reported yesterday.
“At present, there is no timetable for the signing of the agreement,” the United Evening News reported yesterday, citing an unnamed source closed to the negotiations.
Since 2013, the two governments have been negotiating an agreement on law enforcement co-operation on fishing matters in their overlapping economic waters.
Talks opened in 2013 and have since been managed by three different negotiation teams, according to the United Evening News.
Last December, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said that the draft had reached final review and could be signed by April before the fishing season begins. [FULL STORY]