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  Palau ends support for Japan's scientific whaling, opts for catch quota system
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Last EditedJason  Jun 19, 2010 04:48pm
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AuthorJonathan Kaminsky
News DateMonday, June 14, 2010 10:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionKOROR, Palau — The South Pacific island state of Palau is ending its support for Japan's scientific whaling program in favour of the catch quota proposal being considered by the International Whaling Commission.

The quota proposal will only be implemented by unanimous approval of the commission's 88 members, including Japan, when they vote at the annual meeting next week.

There's no indication yet of the potential outcome, but voting strength on other proposals at last year's meeting were balanced evenly between whaling nations and opponents. Many small nations supported the whalers, and opponents claimed Japan "bought" those votes with aid and other funding.

Palau President Johnson Toribiong said Monday he doesn't believe his administration's decision will affect his country's close ties with Japan, Palau's second biggest benefactor after the United States.

"I assume Japan is a mature, responsible country and has the capacity to accept our position in light of the world's view on whaling," Toribiong told The Associated Press.
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