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ALGERIA (ON BEHALF OF THE G-77 AND CHINA):

Amb. Ramtane Lamamra expressed satisfaction with Convention"s legal framework that provides a multidimensional, action-oriented approach to combat desertification worldwide. He expressed concern about the continuing problems with the availability of funding and the slow pace of the transfer of technology. He emphasized that the tenuous position of Africa warrants immediate action. He urged signatory countries to ratify without delay, and hoped that the links between the developed and developing countries provided for in this Convention could serve as the basis for new prospects in international cooperation.