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Approved For Release 2002/06/14: CIA-RDP82S00697R000300120008-6 PROVISIONAL: FOR PARTICIPANTS ONLY THIRD CONFERENCE ON THE LAW OF THE SEA Third Session GENERAL COMMITTEE PROVISIONAL SUMMARY RECORD OF THE EIGHTH MEETING held at the Palais des Nations,. Geneva, on Monday, 24 March 1975, at 10.15 a.m. Chairman: Mr. AMERASINGHE Sri Lanka Rapporteur- General: Mr. RATTRAY Jamaica Distr. RESTRICTED 25 March 1975 ENGLISH Original: FRENCH CONTENTS Officers of the Conference and membership of the subsidiary organs Progress of work: reports by the Chairmen of the Committees N.B. Participants wishing to have corrections to this provisional summary record incorporated in the final summary record of the meeting are requested to submit them in writing in quadruplicate, preferably on a copy of the record itself, to the Official Records Editing Section, room E.4121, Palais des Nations, Geneva, within five working days of receiving the provisional,,.record in their. working language. A/C0NF.62/BUR/sR.8 GE.75-63278 Approved For Release 2002/06/14: CIA-RDP82S00697R000300120008-6 Approved For Release 2002/06/14: CIA-RDP82S00697R000300120008-6 OFFICERS OF THE CONFERENCE AND MEMBERSHIP OF THE SUBSIDIARY ORGANS Time CHAIRMAN announced that the Group of Western European and other States had informed him that Mr. J.S. Bailey (Australia) would replace Mr. Mott (Australia) as Rapporteur of the First Committee. PROGRESS OF WORK: REPORTS BY THE CHAIRMEN OF THE MAIN COMMITTEES ? The CHAIRMAN invited the Vice-Chairman of the First Committee, the Chairman of which was unable to attend the meeting, to report. Mr. FLORES (Brazil), Vice-Chairman of the First Committee, said that the :,ommittee had met briefly on Tuesday, 18 March, to organize its work. It had requested the Chairman of the 50-member Working Group set up during the second session of the Conference to resume negotiations in articles 1 to 21 relating to the principles of the regime, and in particular on article 9, which dealt with conditions for exploration and exploitation. The Working Group had held meetings thrcughoui the week at which there had been an encouraging exchange of ideas and views. T ie:,Cx. n of his Committee would be able to report at the end of the following week on the results achieved, in particular with regard to article 9, during the first three weeks' work. Mr. GALINDO-POHL (El Salvador), Chairman of the Second Committee, said-that the Committee had held a formal meeting on Tuesday, 18 Mrrch, at which it had organized its work and had decided to hold meetings only in the morninge, reserving the afternoons for consultations. The Second Committee had also decided, for the sake of continuity, to use as a basis for its work document A/CONF.62/C.2/WPl and to give it a second reading in the course of -which the Committee would endeavour to reduce the considerable number :,f variants. It was understood that the u ruing meetings would be used to decide on the topics for the consultations which were to take plans in the afternoon. There were often two sets of consultations, since the officers of the, Committee were making proposals and delegations were holding consultations among themselves. Thus, on three consecutive days, a group of delegations had worked under the chairmanship of the representative of Afghanistan on the definition of territorial Sea in an endeavour to reduce the number of variants. The officers of the Committee .ad also held consultations on the subject and had decided that it wan better to wait until definitions had been found for archipelagic waters and plurality of regimes. consultations had also taken place on other questions such as bays, historic waters and criteria for defining territorial sea. The Committee had decided that it would hold formal meetings when necessary in order to hear proposals and ideas submitted by States or-groups of States. So far, however, there had been no requests for such meetings. /^ONF. 62/BUR/S*oproved For Release 2002/06/14: CIA-RDP82S00697R000300120008-6 Approved For Release 2002/06/14: CIA-RDP82S00697R000300120008-6 Mr. YANKO1 (Bulgaria),' Chairman of the Third Committee, said that it.. had met on,Wednesday, 19 April, to organize its work and had decided to start where it had. left off in Caracas. For the'time being, it proposed to hold informal meetings on agenda items 12, 13,and'14. Short formal meetings would be held for the submission of new draft articles on some of the issues' under consideration, particularly during the current week. In addition to its formal and informal meetings, the Committee was contemplating the use of other methods: meetings of groups with common interests, regional groups 6r any other meetings within the framework of the-Committee which might serve a useful purpose. He might himself take the initiative in negotiation with the object of 'securing agreement on the important matters under consideration. Informal meetings had been held on agenda item 12, relating to marine pollution and the Global Environmental Monitoring System, on which the United'Nations Environment Programme had submitted a very interesting paper. It was likely that further important draft articles on measures against marine pollution submitted. With regard to agenda items 13 and 14 (scientific research, and the development and transfer of technology), the Committee was continuing the. work begun at Caracus; a new and important document on marine technology prepared by the Secretariat would undoubtedly stimulate a more thorough examination of the question of the transfer of technology. In conclusion, he said that work was proceeding through negotiations, discussion groups and informal meetings of the Committee. As matters stood, what was important was the negotiations themselves; to spend a great deal of time on the choice of words - a task which should be left to the Drafting Committee - would be ill-advised. The CHAIRMAN reminded the General Committee that all groups had been, requested to inform the Chairman of their respective Committees as soon as possible of the results of their consultations. He thought that it would be better to wait until the end of the third week before holding a plenary meeting to assess theprogress of the work and he proposed that the next plenary meeting should be on 7 April, on which day the General Committee would also meet. The next meeting of the General Committee, however, would be on Tuesday, 1 April. A/CONP. 62/BUR/SR.8 Approved For Release 2002/06/14: CIA-RDP82SO0697R000300120008-6 Approved For Release 2002/06/14: CIA-RDP82S00697R000300120008-6 Mrs EERS (Chile) said that it would be wise to defer the assessment of the results of the negotiations for a week; he was not sure that they had really begun, at any rate at the Committee level. The work of the three Main Committees was closely linked from the political point of view, and the methods of co-ardination between them should be reviewed. At its next meeting the Committee should examine the methods of negotiation and co-ordination before proceeding, during the following week, to assess the results. The CHAIRMAN agreed that the time had come to negotiate small groups, since large groups were not well suited to that type of activity. It was for the Chairmen of the three Main Committees to co-ordinate the results of the individual groups' negotiations. He would meet them in the course of the week, and he hoped that it would be possible to submit specific proposals to the next meeting of the General Committee. The meeting rose at 1O.45 a.m. A/CONF.62/BURfSR.8 Approved For Release 2002/06/14': CIA-RDP82S00697R000300120008-6