Subject: Japan a winner, loser at CITES (fwd)

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Subject: Japan a winner, loser at CITES

Japan a winner, loser at CITES meeting

   HARARE, June 13 (UPI) -- An attempt by Japan to circumvent
restrictions of the International Whaling Commission has been defeated
at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).
   Today's London Times reports that delegates at the 10th CITES meeting
in Harare voted by a 51-to-27 count against Japan's proposal that the
organization establish its own policies on whaling rather than simply
following IWC guidelines.
   The IWC has maintained a moratorium on whaling for the past 11 years.
   However, Japan and other fishing nations were able to narrowly
overcome a U.S. proposal for the establishment of a marine fish working
group designed to protect over-exploited and endangered species by
setting international controls on large-scale commercial fishing.
   The proposal was defeated by a single vote, 50-to-49.
   To resolve both issues, delegates resorted to secret ballots, which
had been used only once before in CITES history. Under CITES guidelines,
proposals need a two-thirds majority to pass.
   In the second week of the meeting, which opened on Monday, the
conference is expected to debate proposals from Japan and Norway that
CITES no longer consider three species of whales -- Bryde's whale, the
Grey whale and the Minke whale -- as "critically endangered."
   Also, there is expected to be pressure for a secret ballot after a
coming debate on a bid to relax the international ban on ivory trading.
   Currently with 139 member states, CITES holds its convention every
three years. The 1994 meeting was in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.