In Quito hundreds of students demonstrated in the streets on Wednesday (January 20) against alleged violations by United States fishing boats of Ecuador's territorial waters.
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Background: In Quito hundreds of students demonstrated in the streets on Wednesday (January 20) against alleged violations by United States fishing boats of Ecuador's territorial waters.
Ecuador claims the waters for 200 miles off its coast as territorial waters. The United States recognises territorial limits of only 12 miles for fishing.
Ecuadorean Navy vessels seized nine United States fishing boats in eight days this month. The boats were forced to sail to Ecuadorean ports where the captains were charged with illegal fishing.
The government of 78 year old President Jose Velasco Ibarra has accused United States fishing interests of provocation in allegedly sending Californian-based fishing boats into Ecuadorean waters. The statement also said that the suspension of United States military aid to Ecuador as a result of the seizure of fishing boats was contrary to the policy of good understanding and cooperation with Latin American countries proclaimed by President Nixon.