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Japan walkout throws whaling talks into disarray

Plans for a whaling sanctuary in the southern Atlantic were put off by a year Thursday after Japan and other pro-whaling nations stalled talks on the proposal at the International Whaling Commission.

Delegates from Japan, Iceland and a number of allied Caribbean and African nations walked out when the issue came up at the IWC’s annual talks in Jersey, throwing the meeting into disarray.

They later returned to the IWC floor but no agreement was reached on the issue, which was put on hold until next year’s IWC meeting to be held in Panama.

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