Legal action could create whale of a problem


The New Zealand government says taking legal action against Japanese whaling could tie up the issue for years in the courts. New Zealand Prime Minister John Keys and Foreign Minister Murray McCully said they supported a diplomatic solution over Australia’s threat to take Japan to the International Court of Justice. ”Diplomacy gets you a quick solution, going head-to-head means this thing is tied up for ages in the ICJ. It could take years,” Mr McCully said. Mr McCully’s spokesman said the New Zealand government had seen the proposal Australia will soon put to the International Whaling Commission, but the November deadline for legal action ”hasn’t been discussed”.