A special intersessional meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) closed today in Monaco without an agreement. The aim of the working group was to "make further progress" on a scheme scheme that, if agreed, will take the world significantly closer to the resumption of large- scale commercial whaling. The recommendations from the Monaco meeting will be published by the IWC Secretariat at the end of February and will be subject to approval at the IWC's regular conference in July 2001, to be held in London.