14 Jun 2005

Japan seeks clarification of Solomons position on whaling - report

12:33 pm on 14 June 2005

The Japanese government has reportedly asked the Solomon Islands government to clarify its position on commercial whaling.

This follows last week's announcement by the Solomons prime minister, Sir Allan Kemakeza, that his government will abstain from voting on whether to lift a 20-year moratorium on commercial whaling at an international conference in South Korea.

Sir Allan made the statement after meeting the Australian environment minister, Ian Campbell, in Honiara.

Meanwhile, the chairman of the parliamentary foreign affairs committee, Joses Sanga, has advised the prime minister to be cautious with his comments when he meets foreign dignitaries.