Since its formation at last year's International Whaling Commission meeting, the small working group on the future of the IWC, of which New Zealand is a member, has held a number of closed-door meetings.
In an attempt to find a solution to the polarised deadlock between the pro- and anti-whaling camps, the group's two chairs have suggested a possible compromise deal.
This deal would see Japan hunting endangered whales in its coastal waters in exchange for a "scaling back" of bogus "scientific" hunts in the Southern Ocean whale sanctuary. The commission's intersessional meeting opens in Rome on Monday to discuss such a deal.
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