Whaling case not to effect trade with Japan: Australian minister

14:25, June 05, 2010      

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Australian Trade Minister Simon Crean has told Japanese media there will be no breakdown in trade or relations between the nations, despite legal action over Antarctic whaling, Australian Associated Press (AAP) reported on Saturday.

According to AAP, Crean is in Japan for trade meetings, and to advance a Free Trade Agreement (FTA).

Australia this week lodged an application in the International Court of Justice, arguing that Japanese whaling was breaching three international conventions.

In an interview with Japan's The Nikkei newspaper on Friday, Crean was asked whether he thought trade would be effected by the "deteriorating" relations between the countries, due to the legal action.

"I'm absolutely convinced it won't," Crean said. "And I don't think the national sentiments are deteriorating."

Both governments had a relationship of maturity and would not let the difference of opinion on whaling interrupt that, Crean said.

"People have known for some years now that there are strong and fundamental differences of opinion between the Japanese government and the Australian government on the question of whaling," Crean said.

According to AAP, Crean will attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Trade Ministers Meeting in Sapporo, where he will push for progress on the Doha Round negotiations.

Source: Xinhua


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