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UNCLAS WELLINGTON 000578
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