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Swaziland condemns Manila over shooting
Central News Agency
2013-05-21 10:12 PM
Taipei, May 21 (CNA) The Kingdom of Swaziland, a diplomatic ally of Taiwan in southern Africa, issued a statement Monday condemning the Philippines over an incident in which a Taiwanese fisherman was shot and killed by a government vessel May 9. Describing the incident as "cold-blooded murder," Swaziland's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said such criminal behavior is considered intolerable by the world. It expressed hope in a letter that the dispute between Taiwan and the Philippines can be resolved peacefully as soon as possible. A businessmen's association in the African country also voiced support for Taiwan's government and urged the Philippines to act as a civilized country and respond to Taiwan's demands. Meanwhile, Slovak parliamentarian and chairman of the Slovak-Taiwan Parliamentary Friendship Group Ivan Stefanec said that the Philippine government's patrol vessel violated international maritime law by firing upon an innocent fishing boat and that such violent conduct should be punished. In a letter to David Lee, Taiwan's representative to Slovakia, Stefanec said it is understandable that Taiwan has decided to impose sanctions on the Philippines because the country lacks sincerity in shouldering its responsibilities. Offering his condolences to the family of Hung Shih-cheng, the 65-year-old fishermen who was killed, Stefanec urged the two countries to resolve the issue soon. (By Hsu Mei-yu and Maia Huang)
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