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Cablegate: New Zealand: 2004 Annual Meeting of The

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UNCLAS WELLINGTON 000578

SIPDIS

DEPT FOR EAP/ANP, OES/OA PASS TO JP PLE

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: EFIS SENV NZ
SUBJECT: NEW ZEALAND: 2004 ANNUAL MEETING OF THE
INTERNATIONAL WHALING COMMISSION, JULY 19-22, SORRENTO,
ITALY

REF: STATE 145797

1. Post delivered reftel points July 8 to Chris Anderson,
Environment Division, New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs
and Trade. New Zealand's International Whaling Commission
(IWC) Commissioner Sir Geoffery Palmer had already departed
for Italy. Anderson offered to pass reftel points to Palmer,
but noted that in June Palmer had participated in a
conference call with Mr. Roland Schmitten, U.S. Commissioner
to the IWC, and their British and Australian counterparts to
discuss the issues referenced. She noted that the GoNZ's
positions closely matched those of the USG, and expressed
appreciation for the USG's decision to co-sponsor the New
Zealand/Australia proposal to create a South Pacific
Sanctuary. She echoed USG concerns over the IWC's current
system of finance, noting the GoNZ's commitment to finding a
new contributions formula. Anderson reiterated the GoNZ's
opposition, however, to the proposed Revised Management
Scheme, but appreciated the USG's willingness to examine the
issue further.
Swindells

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