On Thursday, 27 February, the secretariat informed the SBI about the implementation of the Headquarters Agreement. COP-2, in Decision 15 of COP-2, approved the Agreement, which will enter into force as soon as the German Parliament has adopted the required legislation. In December 1996, the Government of Germany issued an ordinance on the provisional application of the Agreement. The secretariat also informed the SBI on action taken by the Convention depositary. It was decided that the SBI will recommend to COP- 3 to consider the request from the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic to delete the name of Czechoslovakia from Annex I to the Convention and add the names of the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic to Annex I (Part II, Section III of FCCC/CP/1996/15/Add.1, para.1).
On Friday, 28 February, delegates adopted the Chairs conclusions on these issues (FCCC/SBI/1997/L.1). The conclusions take note of the actions of the German government and recommend to the COP to take up the requests form the Czech and Slovak Republics when it reviews the lists of Annexes I and II to the Convention.