INTRODUCTION The Soviet Union has been warned that its fishing trawlers are operating illegally inside the European Economic Community's 200-mile limit.
INTRODUCTION The Soviet Union has been warned that its fishing trawlers are operating illegally inside the European Economic Community's 200-mile limit. The warning was delivered at the opening of a meeting in Brussels, Belgium, between the Common Market and the Soviet Union to negotiate a long-term fishing agreement between the two.
SYNOPSIS: At the Common Market headquarters in Brussels, Community officials told the Soviet Fishery Minister, Alexander Ischkov, that he would have to accept a licensing system for his country's trawlers -- or move them out of EEC waters. Common Market Farm Commissioner Olav Gundelaach of Finland later said the Soviet Union was willing to reach agreement with the Community. The negotiations are not directly concerned with the licensing controversy, but the warning about licences was seen as an indication of a hard Common Market line on its fishing policy.
The warning to "licence or leave" was delivered by the British representative Dr. David owen, standing in for the gravely ill Foreign Secretary Mr. Anthony Crosland. Dr. Owen said current soviet fishing activities in Community waters were absolutely illegal. During the next day's negotiations the Soviet Union announced it was extending its own territorial waters limit to 200 miles. This now makes it necessary for the Common Market to negotiate agreement with the Russians for Community vessels currently fishing ???