Vietnam considering sea surveillance to resolve int'l disputes

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The agriculture ministry is drafting a project to establish surveillance forces to support fishermen and actively engage in resolving international sea disputes, VnExpress reported Thursday.

In an online talk on the government website that day, Minister Cao Duc Phat said it was necessary to surveil fishing boats at sea to guarantee the enforcement of laws pertaining to aquaculture resources, as Vietnamese sea sovereignty covers roughly one million square kilometers.

Under the plan, forces would be responsible for cooperating with relative agencies to instruct and support fishermen facing difficulties, especially natural disasters, the official was quoted as saying.

"The fisheries surveillance would also participate in solving the countries' disputes," he said.

According to Phat, the National Assembly's Standing Committee will offer its opinions on the plan at their meeting next week.

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