13 Jun 2006

Solomons to abstain on whaling moratorium vote

10:02 am on 13 June 2006

Solomon Islands will abstain on the resolution on the moratorium on commercial and scientific whaling during next week's meeting of the International Whaling Commission.

The Solomon's Fisheries Minister, Nollen Leni, says appropriate action must be taken by the IWC or member states to put an end to what has amounted to too much political wrangling between anti-whaling and pro-whaling nations.

He says his government will be calling on the IWC to make an urgent commitment to complete the Revised Management Scheme which enables the commission to inspect, monitor and control the sustainable harvesting of whale quotas.

Mr Leni says his government regards the continual arguments over scientific and commercial whaling as highly unnecessary and unless the issue is dealt with, Solomon Islands may need to review its membership of the IWC.