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.