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INFORMAL WORKING GROUP ON THE LATIN AMERICAN AND CARIBBEAN REGIONAL IMPLEMENTATION ANNEX

A revised text of the regional implementation annex for Latin America and the Caribbean was distributed. Consensus on the entire seven-article document was reached at the breakneck speed of 15 minutes. The only outstanding issue is Article 2, paragraph 7, which was referred to an informal group. The paragraph provides for a coordination mechanism to hold periodic meetings with the support of the Secretariat and regional and international cooperation bodies. The US requested that competent organizations be invited. There are two problems. (1) The Latin American and Caribbean Group is opposed to the invitation of "competent organizations," which the EU and the US favor. (2) Agreement could not be reached since it was not clear what was decided on Article 23 by the informal working group dealing with the main Convention.