The US notes that ASW should be replaced with discussions of indigenous peoples, and that they should be "removed form the debate about commercial whaling, where they have been used as bargaining chips in other debates."
What the delegate for the US does not mention is the fact that it was the US that put ASW quotas into the Table 4 of the Chairman's proposal and mixed the two issues in the first place.
Okay, back to the issue at hand. The US says indigenous whalers need some ten years block quotas so that commercial and scientific whaling can be addressed separately.
The US accuses other countries of wanting to keep this issue open because they want to use this as a bargaining tool. The delegate says that other countries have said to the US that they cannot grant their quota without some trade off.
Okay that's honest at least, - and maybe revealing a little more to the world than most countries would actually like to have been said.