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Mozambique is “waiting for the European Union” to reach a new fisheries agreement, Minister of the Sea, Inland Waters and Fisheries Agostinho Mondlane has said, guaranteeing the “readiness” of the Mozambican side.
“We are waiting for the European Union, we are always in readiness,” Mondlane told Lusa news agency on the sidelines of the Oceans Meeting 2019, in Lisbon.
“It was very important to hear here the European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries [Karmenu Vela] speak of the need to comply with FAO’s Agreement on Port State Measures (PSMA) [an international agreement to combat illegal and undeclared fishing], because one of the aspects that we are negotiating with the European Union is that the agreement respects these measures,” he said.
In February, Mondlane accused the EU of a lack of transparency and of preventing the application of clauses on the monitoring of catches on board vessels, accusations which the European authorities denied.
Without wishing to detail exactly what is being negotiated “because the matter is still on the table”, the minister stressed: “What I can say is that we are always ready in readiness, waiting for the European Union to close this.”
On what obstacles needed to be overcome to complete the negotiations, Mondlade said that explanations should be sought from the European Union.
“From our side, there is nothing missing, all the cards are on the table,” he reiterated.Source: Lusa
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