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Whaling group proposes bargain

world Updated: Feb 24, 2010 01:38 IST
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An ad-hoc group within the International Whaling Commission suggested on Monday that the commission condone commercial whaling for the first time in nearly 30 years in exchange for reducing the number of whales killed each year.

The draft plan, the product of nearly a year and a half of closed-door talks, aims to break a long-standing deadlock between countries that favour whaling and those that oppose it. Only three countries — Japan, Nor-way and Iceland — still hunt whales, though they have the support of dozens of other members of the IWC.

The proposal does not say exactly how many whales would be killed each year as part of the whaling compromise, which would last for 10 years.
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