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D. ENTRY INTO FORCE:

Argentina suggested that the Convention should enter into force after 30 countries have ratified it, since the problem of desertification is geographically-specific and implementation is urgent. Benin, Tunisia and Mali agreed. The US and Iran said it was premature to decide on this. There was divergence regarding the period between ratification of the Convention and its entry into force. Benin supported a three-month interval. Some felt that this decision should be deferred to the next session.