Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

NZ says Japan has opportunity to explain

19 July 2001 Media Statement

NZ says Japan has opportunity to explain its tactics at IWC meeting

Prime Minister Helen Clark says Japan has the opportunity at next week's International Whaling Commission meeting to explain the relationship between Japan's development aid to small countries and the link which that appears to have to voting behaviour at the Commission.

"A very senior Japanese fisheries official, Mr Komatsu, has publicly admitted that Japan uses ODA money to influence other countries on whaling issues.

"In an interview on Radio New Zealand's Morning Report programme today, Mr Komatsu again argued that Japan Fisheries Agency's aid tactics were legitimate in promoting its case to maintain whaling.

"I am sure that many countries will share New Zealand's concerns about Mr Komatsu's statement. Development aid should not be used as an inducement to join up to the IWC, nor to vote in a certain way once there.

"The IWC has always been an organisation on whose integrity we can rely. All members must uphold that integrity.

"The IWC meeting offers Japan an ideal opportunity to explain Mr Komatsu's statements.

"New Zealand will push strongly at the IWC meeting for the creation of South Pacific and South Atlantic whale sanctuaries. We would be appalled if the fate of these great mammals were to be determined by a few pieces of silver," Helen Clark said.

ENDS



© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

National Terrorism Threat Level Moves To Medium
Medium is defined as a terrorist attack is assessed as feasible and could well occur. The new level remains higher than it was before the 15 March terrorist attack when the threat level was low. More>>

SCOOP COVERAGE: CHRISTCHURCH MOSQUES TERROR ATTACK


Environment Aotearoa 2019: Report Warns Environment In Serious Trouble

The report is jointly produced by the Ministry for the Environment and Statistics New Zealand, and is a follow on from the last report in 2015.

The report says the way New Zealanders live and make a living is having a serious impact on the environment, and the benefits New Zealanders get from being in nature, though not measured or quantified, could be lost. More>>

 

Gordon Campbell: On Scrapping The Capital Gains Tax

As PM Jacinda Arden said yesterday, there was no point in Labour bringing a proposal into the House that it didn’t have the votes to get passed. Looking back, maybe she always felt this outcome to be inevitable... More>>

ALSO:

City Rail Link: Billion Dollar Cost Rise (And Preferred Bidder)

The revised cost envelope for completing the entire Auckland City Rail Link project now totals $4.419 billion. The revised cost has yet to be endorsed by the project’s sponsors (the Crown and Auckland Council). More>>

ALSO:

Meth Scare: Debt Write-Off For HNZ Meth Testing Evictions

People living in Housing New Zealand (HNZ) properties who were wrongly evicted because of flawed methamphetamine contamination policies will have their related debts with the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) written off. More>>

ALSO:

RNZ Report: Fears Grow For NZ Nurse Kidnapped In Syria

A New Zealand nurse working for the Red Cross was captured by Islamic State (IS) in Syria more than five years ago, and there are now public pleas for any information that could help bring her home. More>>

ALSO:

Streets Blocked In London: Climate 'Extinction Rebellion' Reaches Aotearoa

Across the world, thousands of people are taking part in a rebellion to avert climate, ecological and human catastrophe. This begins in Aotearoa New Zealand today. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels