Subject: IWC: Antigua meeting ends with no c (fwd)

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Subject: Antigua meeting ends with no c

Antigua meeting ends with no change in whale rules

    By Colin James
     ST. JOHN'S, Antigua (Reuters) - Delegates left an interim
meeting of the International Whaling Commission in Antigua
Friday without a decision on lifting restrictions on whaling.
     "It was agreed that it will be useful to continue the
discussions," the group said Friday, in a statement issued at
the end of the meeting.
     The IWC's annual general meeting will take place in Oman in
     Participants said they were pleased with the discussions on
a plan that Ireland put forward in October to ban whaling on the
high seas but allow some hunting in coastal areas for local
consumption and under the strict control of the IWC.
     "There was a full and frank exchange of views on the
elements of the Irish proposal. The fundamental positions of the
government were maintained, but progress was made in reaching a
better understanding," the statement said.
     Ireland was driven to try to forge a compromise afterthe
global tally of whale kills surged to 1,043 in 1997 -- almost
double the catch of 10 years earlier -- despite the
international moratorium on commercial whaling since 1982.
     Pro-whaling countries, led by Japan, want to resume
commercial whaling.
     Other nations, including the United States and Britain,
supported by a number of nongovernmental organizations and
pressure groups, want the 15-year-old moratorium on commercial
whaling to stay intact.
     The two sides have been at impasse for years.
     Nobuyuki Yaki, a Japanese whaling commissioner, said he had
left the meeting with some hope for the IWC's future. "In this
meeting some sort of negotiations took place and each other's
positions were expressed. I see a slight hope for the future of
the IWC."