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NEGOTIATIONS ON A/CONF.164/22 (THE CHAIR'S DRAFT AGREEMENT)

The Chair, Satya Nandan, brought the Conference to order on Monday morning by urging delegations to keep their interventions to a minimum to ensure complete passage of his Draft Agreement by the close of Wednesday morning's session. Nandan said he recognized that problems existed with the text and asked that delegates focus on substance to save valuable time. He reminded delegates that the Conference was not in session to rewrite the book of international law. Nandan's work programme for the week included issuance of a revised version of the Draft Agreement by the end of the week, although only in an English text to enable delegates to give it consideration prior to the commencement of the third week of the Conference.