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IN THE CORRIDORS

Delegations and NGOs alike are commenting on the Chair's firm hand in limiting unnecessary and repetitive interventions in informal Plenary, as he strives to secure a full review of A/CONF.164/CRP.7. Some delegates, involved in the work of the UNCED PrepCom are commenting that a "goal", seemingly unattainable four years ago, is now in sight. They believe however, that the introduction of any new substantive text at this juncture, could substantially undermine the review of the first issue of a harmonized text, and thus delay the Conference outcome. Unlike previous sessions, the Chair has adopted a liberal application of his gavel: a sure sign that old scores must not be revisited and that progress, in the interests of agreeing and implementing new conservation and management principles, must continue.