TWO PACIFIC ISLAND MEMBERS PARTIALLY BLAMED FOR SOUTH PACIFIC WHALE SANCTUARY

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DEFEAT: PALAU AND SOLOMON ISLANDS

SHIMONOSEKI, Japan (May 23, 2002 – Radio Australia)---The defeat of a proposed South Pacific whale sanctuary at the International Whaling Commission meeting in Japan, is being blamed in part on two Pacific Island members.

Australia and New Zealand presented the plan at three previous IWC conferences, with the formal backing of the Pacific Islands Forum, but it has consistently failed to gain the three quarters support needed.

Greenpeace oceans campaigner Pio Manoa says two island nations that are members of the IWC, the Solomon Islands and Palau, did not support the Pacific position.

He blames vote buying by Japan.

"Senior officials in both governments have admitted, it's the reality of the situation," he said

"The danger for us … (is) that Japan is looking to northern Pacific nations like Kiribati, Marshall Islands and Federated States of Micronesia to join as well, to support them.

"We're working against … the Japan Fisheries Agency and the government of Japan, that engages in checkbook diplomacy. And we just don't have the same amount of resources that they have," said Greenpeace’s Manoa.

For additional reports from Radio Australia, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Radio/TV News/Radio Australia.

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