Informal consultations with a few developing country Parties on the draft Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the COP and the GEF were convened this weekend in Montreal. Following a previous informal meeting in Frankfurt, Germany on 2-4 June 1996, these consultations were chaired by Razali Ismail (Malaysia). Participating countries included: China, Zaire, Madagascar, Republic of Guinea, Malaysia, Brazil, North Korea, India, Hungary, Kenya and the Slovak Republic. According to observers, the aim was to collect views on a possible revised draft MOU, before the GEF meeting in October, for consideration by COP-3. Main areas of discussion included the question of the authority of the COP over the GEF, the interim nature of the GEF and the determination of funding.