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Representative expected to convey Manila's response to Taipei

2013/05/14 20:26:31

the Philippines' representative to Taiwan Antonio Basilio (left) arrives at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Taipei Tuesday evening.

Taipei, May 14 (CNA) Foreign Minister David Lin met Tuesday with the Philippines' representative to Taiwan, Antonio Basilio, to discuss the diplomatic row over the Philippines' attack on a Taiwanese fishing boat May 9.

Lin and Basilio were scheduled to hold a joint news conference after the meeting, during which Basilio is expected to announce the Philippine government's response to Taiwan's demands over the shooting.

The meeting took place shortly after Basilio flew back to Taiwan. He returned to Manila Monday for consultations with Philippine officials to discuss the handling of the incident.

The May 9 attack, which caused the death of a Taiwanese fisherman, has resulted in mounting tensions between Taipei and Manila.

Taiwan has demanded a formal apology from the Philippines, compensation for the victim's family, an investigation into the incident and punishment for the perpetrators, as well as open fishery agreement talks with Taiwan as soon as possible.

If Manila does not issue an appropriate response by midnight Tuesday, the government said it will "immediately" suspend the processing of applications by Filipinos seeking employment in Taiwan, recall its representative to the Philippines and demand that the Philippines' representative to Taiwan return to Manila.

(By Elaine Hou)