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Swedish hopes for whales protection likely to be dashed

Published fredag 16 juni 2006 kl 13.26

The International Whaling Commission’s annual meeting which is getting underway looks likely to be one of the stormiest ever.

For the first time, pro-whaling nations are set to be able to out vote countries who want to protect whales, like Sweden, Britain, the US, and Australia.

Swedish Environment Minister Lena Sommestad says the possibility of secret voting is also a worry, and claims it works against the openness that there should be in international organisations.

Sweden has been working for several years to design a plan to protect threatened whales species, but it is not thought that a majority of countries will accept it.

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