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Turkey Discusses Fate of Three Captured Israeli Fishing Vessels

The problem of Israeli fishing vessels which have been seized by Turkish naval vessels on charges that they were operating within Turkish territorial waters is currently under discussion here and may soon lead to an agreement between the two states which will end this source of friction.

Meanwhile, a Turkish court at Iskenderun is expected to announce its verdict on the fate of three Israeli trawlers captured off the Turkish coast last March. The crewmen were released after a months imprisonment but the vessels are still impounded. A number of other vessels have been picked up during the past two years.

The negotiations for an agreement are being carried on for Israel by Moshe Shavit of the Fisheries Department of the Israeli Ministry of Agriculture, who headed the Israeli delegation to the recent meeting here of the Mediterranean Fisheries Council.

Delegates from 12 nations greeted with praise six Israeli papers on fish culture presented during the meeting. Turkish experts welcomed one of the papers which suggested that one type of Israel fish raising could be introduced profitably in Turkish lakes.

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