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Sunday, June 25, 2006

NZ angry over Pacific Islands' pro-whaling votes

By New Zealand correspondent Peter Lewis

The New Zealand Government has condemned the decision by six Pacific nations to support Japan's pro-whaling declaration at the International Whaling Commission (IWC).

All six Pacific Island members of the IWC voted to support the resolution which criticises the moratorium on commercial whaling.

New Zealand's Conservation Minister Chris Carter says the Solomon Islands, Nauru, Tuvalu, the Marshall Islands, Kiribati and Palau, let down their neighbours with their vote.

He says its the second time the Solomon Islands Government said publicly it would abstain from voting, but did not do so.

Prime Minister Helen Clark ruled out any retaliatory measures, saying the votes would not affect future aid funding to the region by New Zealand.

She hopes moral pressure will ultimately influence Japan and those it had encouraged to support its position.

source: ABC News Online (


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