Subject: Info: NZ urges Japan to stop whaling (fwd)

Michael Williamson (williams)
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Subject: NZ urges Japan to stop whaling
NZ urges Japan to stop whaling in Antarctica
    WELLINGTON, Dec 24 (Reuter) - New Zealand expressed strong
concern on Sunday at the prospect of Japan resuming its annual
scientific whaling programme in the Antarctic.
     Foreign Minister Don McKinnon said he was particularly
concerned that whaling for research purposes was set to continue
off Antarctica despite the creation of a southern ocean whale
sanctuary by the International Whaling Commission last year.
     "We acknowledge that the IWC allows whales to be killed for
research purposes. However, it is clear Japan's scientific
whaling programme breaches the spirit of the sanctuary,"
McKinnon said in a statement.
     "I strongly urge Japan to accept the view of the
overwhelming majority of IWC members and respect the southern
ocean sanctuary."
     McKinnon said Japanese vessels had left Japan on November 2
and were expected to start whaling operations shortly.
     Japan has said it will kill up to 440 minke whales in the
Antarctic this season -- 110 more than last year's quota of 330.
     The U.S. Commerce Department accused Japan last week of
undermining international conservation efforts through its
scientific whaling programme.
     Japanese officials say the research is legal under the IWC
convention and the U.S. view is "subjective." A Japanese
embassy official in Washington said last week the planned
increase in Antarctica was a response to criticism from the IWC
science panel last year that the research programme was