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December 13, 1999
PINA Nius Online

FRENCH POLYNESIA, SOUTH KOREA SIGN FISHING AGREEMENT

PAPEETE, French Polynesia (December 13, 1999 - PINA Nius Online)---French Polynesian and South Korean officials have signed a fishing agreement setting the rules for fishing in the French territory's exclusive economic zone (EEZ) for the year 2000, the daily newspaper La Dépêche de Tahiti reports.

Under the agreement, which was signed on Saturday by the two parties after three days of "intense" negotiations, South Korea acquired permission to fish up to a limit of 3,300 tons of mainly red tuna in French Polynesia's EEZ (five million square kilometers or two million square miles) with a fleet of 78 boats.

In return, South Korea is to pay 9.37 million French Pacific Francs (about US$ 90,000). The sum is to be paid to French Polynesian fishermen in order to help them develop their own fleet and eventually bar the EEZ to foreign vessels.

The allowance comes as an increase compared to last year's agreements, which fixed a quota of 3,000 tons and permitted 70 fishing vessels.

Korean vessels started fishing in French Polynesia in 1992. Since then, fishing agreements with French Polynesia have been renewed annually.

One of the conditions implemented is that all Korean vessels must be equipped with a satellite-positioning beacon, making the ships locatable at any given time.

The total authorized quota for Korea is just under half of the total catch in the French territory.

Local fishing boats catch some 3,500 to 4,000 tons of tuna a year.

The maximum sustainable limit is estimated at 10,000 tons a year.

 

FORMER FRENCH POLICEMAN JAILED FOR TWELVE YEARS FOR PEDOPHILIA

PAPEETE, French Polynesia (December 13, 1999 - PINA Nius Online)---A former French policeman has been sentenced to twelve years in jail by a Court in Papeete for child rape and sexual abuse, the daily newspaper La Dépêche de Tahiti reports.

The victims total 27 children aged between 8 and 15 years. They had been abused between 1996 and 1998.

Upon hearing the verdict, defendant Pierre Fallet, a 67-tear-old former policeman, told the Court he was "nearly relieved" to have been "arrested and judged."

He said his actions had been dictated by his "compulsions" because "young Polynesian boys were too docile and easy."

Fallet lured teenagers into his home, offering video entertainment.

The verdict comes after three full days of hearing in the French Polynesian capital.

Public prosecutor François Quinquis said he was "shocked" by the victims' parents’ lack of reaction. Only six had filed an action in court.

"It is the very laxity, the indifference even, of these parents that can explain how easily (Fallet) could seduce these teenagers," he told the Court.

One of the parents had testified that "the same thing" had happened to him" when he was a teenager and he "didn't die from it."

This bulletin was produced by the Pacific Islands News Association (PINA). Editor: Patrick Antoine Decloitre E-mail: padec@iname.com 

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