02/01/2008 - The International Whaling Commission (IWC) has failed to resolve the increasingly heated debate over Japan's whaling programme and needs to be thoroughly reformed, organisers of a conference on the dispute have said.
The IWC - the world body regulating the hunting of many species of whales - has been paralysed by a clash between pro- and anti-whaling countries and both sides are dissatisfied with its performance, participants said.
Joshua Reichert, managing director of the US-based Pew Environment Group, which sponsored the conference, said the dispute threatened to spill over into other aspects of Japan's foreign relations.
"Ongoing disagreement over conservation of the world's whales has continued to escalate and has reached a crisis point that's negatively impacting relations between Japan and other nations," Reichert told a news conference. The two-day symposium concluded on Thursday.
Read the full article Reform Call Over Whaling Commission on The Press Association Web site.
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