Solomons PM Lilo Bashes Media For Whaling Coverage

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Issue reportedly not on agenda during talks with Japan officials

By Eddie Osifelo

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, May 31, 2012) – Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo yesterday attacked the media for irresponsibly handling the whaling saga.

This came after it was reported that Lilo said supporting scientific research Solomon Islands means encouraging the killing of whales.

Lilo had denied a number of times in the media that Solomon Islands does not support commercial whaling but agrees with scientific research to devise appropriate conservation methods.

Speaking after his arrival at Honiara International Airport following his two weeks outing in Taiwan and Japan, PM Lilo said it was not an issue been discussed with Japan Prime Minister Noda and Australia’s Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Richard Marles.

PM Lilo said Solomon Islands was the first country in Pacific to host the species and flora forum in Honiara.

"My comment is consistent with the comment recorded in the Species Commission and that is ‘let a scientific research for an effective conservation can save the lives of endangered species.

"And the habit dwell of endangered species have been saved and we have seen them back at the Atlantic ocean as a result of better conservation methods," PM Lilo said.

Solomon Islands was a champion in the fight to protect endangered species as in 2010 it hosted a regional workshop on CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora).

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