Ruling on Japanese whaling possibly needs 2 years: Australian official

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It could take more than two years for the International Court of Justice to rule on Australia's bid to stop Japanese whaling in the Southern Ocean, Australian Environment Minister Peter Garrett said on Wednesday.

"Certainly a year or two at least," Garrett told ABC television.

"The cost will depend, in part, on the way in which the court treats the case and the amount of time that needs to be taken in terms of presenting Australia's case."

The case was unlikely to fail on grounds the court was not the proper authority to determine the lawsuit, Garrett said.

"Both Australia and Japan accept it's the appropriate tribunal for this matter to be adjudicated."

The federal government has filed a lawsuit with the court in The Hague on Tuesday.

Australia's whaling case seeks to stop Japan exploiting a loophole in a 1986 global moratorium which allows whaling for scientific research purposes.

Source: Xinhua

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