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Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Another reason not to eat fish

Come on, Spain. They're poor, they've had 27 years of civil war, they are hungry and facing a HIV epidemic, many without limbs due to the long-time loving of landmines. Please, leave them some fish to eat. From the US-Angola Chamber of Commerce:

"Spain seeks new fishing accord between EU, Angola

Visiting Spanish Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Elena Espinosa has expressed her government's willingness to boost bilateral cooperation with Angola and promote negotiations for a new fishing accord between the European Union ( EU) and south African country. On her arrival in the Angolan capital Monday night, Espinosa underlined Spain's interest in continued and broadened cooperation with Luanda. She said she would discuss with Angolan officials on a new fishing accord between EU and Angola. The last EU-Angola fisheries agreement ran from 2002 until this August, which gave EU vessels access to fishing grounds in the South Atlantic ocean where tuna and shrimp are just some of the species caught. However, the agreements have been criticized by environmental groups for giving European fishermen the right to plunder the valuable resources of poor developing countries. Espinosa was to meet with her Angolan counterpart Salomao Xirimbimbi, Foreign Minister Joao Miranda, and possibly with Prime Minister Fernando Dias dos Santos.

[POSTED December 27, 2004]"


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