Since the last meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) in June 2006, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) posts in Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Estonia, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia have made representations to host Governments, encouraging them to join the IWC and vote in favour of maintaining the world-wide moratorium on commercial whaling.
My right hon. Friend the Minister for Europe raised the matter with the Foreign Minister of Andorra in October 2006.
The FCO has distributed copies of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs publication ‘Protecting Whales - A Global Responsibility’ to 57 countries, including all potential EU candidates.
Croatia and Cyprus have now joined the IWC. Estonia, Greece, Latvia and Romania have committed themselves to joining as soon as domestic legislative procedures allow.
My right hon. Friend the Minister for Europe has had no such discussions.
Our embassy in Berne raised the subject of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) membership with the Government of Liechtenstein in September 2006. The response was that Liechtenstein's limited administrative capacity made IWC membership unfeasible.
Our ambassador in Podgorica raised the subject of IWC membership with the Government of Montenegro on 27 February. The Montenegrin Government are considering the matter.