Japan to call for separate forum on whaling outside IWC
TOKYO -- Japan will propose a separate forum to the International Whaling Commission annual meeting to try to sideline "hardliners" opposed to an end to the ban on commercial whaling, officials said Thursday.
"We will make a proposal calling for a (return to the original aims) of the International Whaling Commission (IWC), which is completely deadlocked, by holding a separate meeting excluding anti-whaling hardliners," said Hideki Moronuki, chief of the whaling section of Japan's Fisheries Agency.
The proposal is aimed at setting up an alternative forum for discussing ways of controlling commercial whaling, rather than having an outright ban, but is not intended to completely replace the IWC, he said.
"It will be a joint proposal with other pro-whaling Pacific countries," he told Agence France-Presse.
Moronuki did not say specifically which countries Japan hoped to exclude but noted that Australia and New Zealand were among the staunchest opponents of commercial whaling.
"The current IWC is not functioning as an organization to find ways to control whaling, because of a few hardline anti-whaling countries," said the Fisheries Agency official.
"But many members of IWC, including some moderately anti-whaling countries, agree with us that the IWC should discuss the way to control commercial whaling so as to preserve whales as marine resources, which is the spirit of the 1946 International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling," he said.
Australia emphasised that, despite some press comments to the contrary, its position is one of seeking an end to whaling, and it will not support the RMS or engage in the debate.And New Zealand at the IWC in 1991, on a resolution regarding the adoption of the Revised Management Procedure:
In explanation of its vote, New Zealand commented that it had abstained because it does not favour the resumption of commercial whaling.And from the verbatim record:
"If I am right in my assessment then I'd have to say very bluntly that, although what is proposed may seem sensible and acceptable to the majority of the Scientific Committee who proposed it, in my country it's not politically acceptable."Indeed. And it's clear that a country with such a position has no business at all in a forum discussing how to move forward with commercial whaling.
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