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IN THE CORRIDORS

Main Committee Chair Fred Sai convened a "Friends of the Chair" meeting Tuesday afternoon at 12:15 where delegates discussed the Preamble. Delegates have apparently agreed to delete paragraphs 1.9 - 1.16, as proposed by both the G-77 and the EU on Monday. One delegation, however, wanted to retain the reference to migration in paragraph 1.15. Another delegation proposed language on human rights. The two paragraphs proposed by the G-77 on Monday, (mobilization of resources and the differentiation of responsibilities in carrying out the Programme of Action) were not discussed, since some delegations needed time for further consultations. Nevertheless, delegates appeared pleased that in one hour the Friends of the Chair could produce the elements for a new text, which can now serve as the basis for further negotiations.