CANADA : SPANISH AMBASSADOR JOSE LUIS PARDOS ARRIVES TO HELP RESOLVE FISHING DISPUTE
- Title: CANADA : SPANISH AMBASSADOR JOSE LUIS PARDOS ARRIVES TO HELP RESOLVE FISHING DISPUTE
- Date: 12th March 1995
- Summary: SAINT JOHN'S, NEWFOUNDLAND, CANADA (MARCH 11) (RTV -- ACCESS ALL) 1. SV TOWN AND PORT (VARIOUS) (3 SHOTS) 0.13 2. CU CAR RADIO PLAYING LOCAL ANTI-SPANISH SONG (ENGLISH) 0.20 3. SV FISHERMEN WORKING ON TOWN DOCK (VARIOUS) 0.28 4. SCU UNIDENTIFIED FISHERMAN SAYING IF THERE ARE NO FISH, THEN THERE ARE NO FISH FOR ANYONE (ENGLISH) (3 SHOTS) 0.45 5. SV SPANISH AMBASSADOR TO CANADA JOSE LUIS PARDOS ARRIVING IN ST.JOHN'S 0.56 6. SCU PARDOS SAYING THE SITUATION IS COMPLEX (SPANISH) 1.06 7. SV VARIOUS OF DOCK / PORT / BOATS 1.29 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
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- Location: ST. JOHN'S, NEWFOUNDLAND, CANADA
- Duration: 00:01:32
- Story Text: European diplomats assembled at the port of St. John's, Newfoundland, on Sunday (March 12), ready to meet a Spanish fishing vessel seized by Canada and begin a diplomatic confrontation over fishing rights in the Northern Atlantic.
Accused of violating Canadian fishing laws and delayed by heavy seas and ice, the Estai will arrive under guard in St. John's later on Sunday afternoon.
Ambassadors from Spain, France, Germany and the European Union will meet the ship's captain and crew.
Spanish ambassador to Canada Jose Luis Pardos arrived in St.
John's on Sunday. He told reporters that the situation is very complex.
Local feelings in St. John's were running high. Canadian fishermen said that if something wasn't done to stop overfishing, there would be no fish left for anyone.
The captain of the Estai faces charges under Canadian law after gunboats chased, seized and boarded his ship 28 miles (40 km) outside Canada's 200 mile (322 km) limit on Thursday (March 9).
Canada's foreign affairs department denied that the ambassadors' presence in Newfoundland turns up the heat under the dispute over fishing for turbot or Greenland halibut in the disputed Grand Banks area of the North Atlantic.
The dispute flared after the European Union rejected its share of a quota for Greenland halibut fixed by the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organisation (NAFO) for 1995 and instead set itself a much higher limit.
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