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Discussions over the 25-year ban on commercial whaling appear to be in a deadlock, as delegates at the International Whaling Commissions' conference in Morocco struggle to reach a compromise.
The compromise being discussed by the IWC conference would allow Japan, Norway and Iceland, to hunt a limited number of whales for 10 years under strict controls.
But, the pro-whaling delegates have criticized the proposal and called it a guise to outlaw all whaling once the quota expires.
Anti-whaling activists have attacked the draft as a sell-out to whalers.
Karsten Klepsvik, Morwegian Commissioner, said, "Well, as we can see today, we do not believe these negotiations will succeed, so whether they will continue after this morning, I have no idea, but I do not believe that we can conclude at this meeting."
Greenpeace says the meeting has hit a wall.
Junichi Sato, Greenpeace Program Director, said, "From Monday afternoon, the delegates were separated into groups to find a way forward, however, nobody is willing to take a step forward. Therefore it is very difficult to come to a consensus. Greenpeace is putting pressure on governments to make sure that this proposal should be improved for whale conservation"
The proposal, first put forward by the IWC chairman in April, would end wildcat whaling that still kills up to 2,000 whales a year.
The deal would bring the three whaling nations back under the agency's control by allowing them to hunt commercially under closely monitored quotas.
Advocates say 5,000 whales would be saved over the 10 year life of the deal.