Spain 'to sign new fishing deal with Morocco'
22 September 2004, MADRID - Spanish officials are due to travel to Morocco for talks on a new fishing pact to replace the one between Morocco and the European Union that lapsed four years ago, it emerged Wednesday.
22 September 2004
MADRID - Spanish officials are due to travel to Morocco for talks on a new fishing pact to replace the one between Morocco and the European Union that lapsed four years ago, it emerged Wednesday.
The Moroccan newspaper Aujourd'hui Le Maroc reported Spain wants to take advantage of the "good relations with Morocco, since the coming to power of Jose Luis Zapatero's Socialist Party, to sign a new fishing accord."
Under a protocol of agreement signed in June, the two countries agreed to develop cooperation in the fishing sector, the paper said.
The accord being studied would give Spanish fisherman the right to fish in Moroccan territorial waters off the north African country's southern coast, Senator Larbi Bourass, who is also a businessman involved in Morocco's fishing industry, was quoted by Aujourd'hui le Maroc as saying.
A ministerial level meeting is due to be held in November between the two countries, the paper said.
Spanish fishermen stopped fishing in Moroccan territorial waters at the end of 2000, when the EU accord lapsed.
The accord authorised some 600 European fishing vessels, most of them Spanish, to fish offshore Morocco in exchange for remuneration for the north African country.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news