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and Mexico welcomed the progress made so far in the INCD and noted that this Convention is important to Latin America as many countries in the region suffer from desertification and the Convention should address the interests and realities in all countries affected. Pakistan also supported the INCD. While the regional instrument for Africa is of critical importance, Pakistan hoped that the other regional instruments can also be negotiated well in time. The problem of land degradation, especially caused by waterlogging and salinity, must be effectively dealt with in the context of the regional instruments.