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SECTION II -- APPLICATION

The Chair said that several paragraphs of Section III on general principles could be included in the discussion of Section II. Poland, supported by Korea, suggested amendments to make it more consistent with paragraph 1, which recognizes the concept of biological unity, and to mention the whole range of the stocks as field of application. Chile regretted attempts to blur the distinction between high seas and EEZs, and called for a clause protecting the sovereignty of the coastal States. Argentina concurred and said that the scope of application had previously been agreed generally and that introducing too many changes to the negotiating text was not helpful. Brazil insisted that the rights and duties of States should not be separated. Ecuador asked that the exceptional character of the application in the EEZ be reinforced.