New Zealand joins Australia in ICJ complaint against Japan’s whaling


New Zealand has stated its opposition to Japan’s Antarctic whaling hunt at the International Court of Justice to bolster a complaint originally submitted by Australia.

In a statement Friday, New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully said he is disappointed Wellington was forced to intervene in the whaling case before the ICJ in The Hague because diplomatic initiatives had failed to halt Japan’s annual hunt in the Antarctic Ocean.

Australia filed a complaint against Japan’s whaling activities at the ICJ in May 2010.

That December, New Zealand decided in principle to “intervene” in the case, a procedure that enables a country that is not party to the legal action to bring its legal view before the U.N. court.