Q: I heard that Japan has "recruited" landlocked nations to the IWC?A: As of June 2006, currently 9 landlocked nations are signatory to the IWC. They are Austria, The Czech Republic, Hungary, Luxembourg, Mali, Mongolia, San Marino, Slovakia, and Switzerland.Of these 9 nations, 7 of them - Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Luxembourg, San Marino, Slovakia, and Switzerland - all voted against the pro-sustainable use nations at the IWC plenary held in June 2006. Only Mongolia and Mali voted with the pro-sustainable use nations. The dates on which these nations joined the IWC are as follows.1980, 29-May - Switzerland 1994, 20-May - Austria 2002, 16-Apr - San Marino 2002, 16-May - Mongolia2004, 1-May - Hungary2004, 17-Aug - Mali2005, 26-Jan - Czech Republic2005, 22-Mar - Slovakia 2005, 10-Jun - LuxembourgAnti-whaling nations and anti-use NGOs are quick to criticise Mongolia and Mali's participation at the IWC, yet they never mention the fact that the anti-whaling bloc had already been "recruiting" landlocked European nations to the IWC as many as 22 years before Mongolia joined.
Indeed, if none of these 9 landlocked nations were IWC members, the nations in favour of sustainable use would have easily won most if not all of the votes at the IWC 58 meeting in held in June 2006.
* 24 June 2006: Updated to reflect voting behaviour at IWC 58