Sweden says continuation of uncontrolled whaling "regrettable"

10:23, June 25, 2010      

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Sweden Thursday said that it is deeply regrettable that uncontrolled whaling can continue, according to a statement from the Ministry of Environment.

Andreas Carlgren, minister for the environment made the comment after the negotiations in the International Whaling Commission ( IWC) regarding that a management plan was discontinued.

"Sweden's line has been clear -- to give the IWC full control over whaling and to dramatically reduce hunting," Carlgren said.

"Sweden, like the rest of the EU, wanted to reach an agreement that would close the loopholes and entail a ban on commercial whaling in the IWC, a ban on scientific whaling and thus protect whales," Carlgren added.

This line was based on the proposal presented by Chile, which is currently the Chair of the IWC, but the ban is not in reality yet.

"The only way to reduce whaling is by putting external pressure on the whaling nations and through an agreement in the IWC that includes Japan, Norway and Iceland. The current situation is the worst possible for the whale population in the world's oceans," Carlgren said.

Source: Xinhua


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