Fishermen must be treated humanely: FM spokesperson hinh anh 1Fishing boats of Vietnam (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Fishermen must be treated humanely and force or a threat to use force against fishermen must not be used, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang said at a regular press conference on October 12.

She made the remark regarding a naval ship of the Philippines shooting at a fishing boat from Vietnam’s central province of Phu Yen, killing two fishermen in September.

She stressed that: “We demand the Philippines promptly investigate the incident, clarify responsibility and strictly handle persons with violations. It should notify Vietnam of the investigation outcomes soon while having appropriate apologies and compensating fishermen for human and property losses.”

Vietnam has also recognised the Philippine side’s cooperation in this issue so far, Hang added.-VNA