23 Jun 2006

Samoa supports whales sustainability

11:36 am on 23 June 2006

Samoa's prime minister says it has full support of the sustainability of marine resources for its use by all Pacific people.

His comments comes after New Zealand criticised six Pacific island countries who have voted in favour of Japan's pro-whaling resolution at the International Whaling Commission meeting in St Kitts and Nevis.

Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi recently attended the Pacific leaders summit in Japan where Samoa was amongst other Pacific countries supporting Japan's initiative to be a member of the United Nations Security Council.

Samoa is not a member of the International Whaling Commission.

But the prime minister thinks the depletion of fish stocks such as yellow-fin tuna found in pacific waters three year ago could be the reason behind the support of his Pacific counterparts.

Tuila'epa says that under his current government policies sustainable development of marine resources are a priority.