ECCEAEastern Caribbean Coalition for Environmental Awareness
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Environment groups like Greenpeace, the East Caribbean Coalition for Environment Awareness (ECCEA) and Springfield Environmental Center charge Japan with buying the votes of the small Caribbean countries to block the proposal.
The ECCEA said Dominica's Minister of Planning, Environment, Agriculture and Fisheries Atherton Martin has resigned in protest at what he said was Japan's manipulation of his government's vote at the IWC through the promise of development aid.
In a letter released by ECCEA, Martin said Dominica's delegate voted with Japan on the South Pacific Whale Sanctuary on orders of Dominican Prime Minister Roosevelt Douglas, who disregarded the Dominican cabinet's decision to abstain during the voting.