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MIYAZAKI, Japan (April 25, 2000 - Radio Australia)---Solomon Islands has abandoned its pro-whaling position and now says it will support Australia and New Zealand in their efforts to have the South Pacific declared a whale sanctuary.

Solomons Foreign Minister Patteson Oti revealed his country's new position at the end of the Japan-South Pacific Forum Summit Meeting at Miyazaki.

He said Solomon Islands was prepared to reconsider its position because of its obligation to the South Pacific Forum.

Australia and New Zealand are working closely in the lead up to the next meeting of the International Whaling Commission in Adelaide in June to promote the establishment of a South Pacific Whale Sanctuary.

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