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MOFA urges Japanese to respect Taiwan's fishing rights near islets

ROC Central News Agency

2012/10/06 21:39:37

Taipei, Oct. 6 (CNA) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs urged Japan on Saturday to respect Taiwan's fishing rights in waters near the disputed Diaoyutai Islands and cooperate in holding a new round of fishery talks.

The ministry said in a press release that it agreed with the Japanese government's recent proposal to resume fishery talks soon.

Japanese Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba said in a statement issued Friday that Japan acknowledges the basic concept and spirit of Taiwan's East China Sea Peace Initiative, and urged rational communications and cooperation to ensure peace and stability in the region.

The initiative, proposed by President Ma Ying-jeou in August, urges all claimants to the disputed islands to refrain from confrontational actions, shelve their differences, respect international law and resolve disputes through peaceful means.

The ministry, in response, said it recognized Gemba's comment and expressed the hope that the two sides could open talks on the establishment of institutionalized dialogue.

Tensions have mounted over the Diaoyutais, known as the Senkakus in Japan, since Japan decided to buy three of the islets from their private owner in early September. The East China Sea islets are controlled by Tokyo but claimed by Taiwan and China.

(By Chen Pei-huang and Scully Hsiao)

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