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Head of IWC expresses optimism on whaling deal

Head of IWC expresses optimism on whaling deal

The head of the International Whaling Commission is expressing optimism that nations gathering next month in Morocco can settle a long-running dispute between pro- and anti-whaling forces.
Cristian Maquieira said Thursday that talks will be complicated but success will allow the IWC to gain control over international whaling. He says a contentious IWC proposal to allow limited commercial whaling in return for strict quotas is only meant to spur negotiations, not be a final agreement.
U.S. Commissioner to the IWC Monica Medina says the United States and other pro-conservation countries want a deal with lower quotas than the current proposal. But she says the U.S. is willing to continue talks to see if a stronger accord can be settled in Morocco.


Updated : 2021-01-24 14:01 GMT+08:00