One of the final session of the Law of the Sea conference began at the United Nations on Monday to negotiate the most difficult issues no use and allocation of the oceans' resources.
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CU President of meaning from Sri Lanka Mr. Hamilton Shirley Amerasinghe speaking in English
AMERASINGHE: "I am quite sure ??? everyone of you has ??? in earlier celebrations of this conference...even those who are participating for the first time will therefore be fully conscious of their responsibilities to their governments, the international community and humanity as a Whole. Your responsibility is a great one and my experience of you over the pas year encourages me to believe you will not fail in your responsibilities. But what I should like to impress upon the conference is that during this secession we must waste no time on residual debates and wrangles, but proceed immediately and in the most business-like manner to the work, the task of negotiations."
Since is first session at Caracas in 1974, the conference has been drafting a new body of international law to regulate the users of that 70 per cent of the earth's surface covered by water. At stake are hundreds of thousands of millions of dollars worth of living and mineral resources. Since Caracas, agreement has been reached on about 80 per cent of the 397 draft articles of the proposed international treaty. Those still to be negotiated are the most difficult.
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Background: One of the final session of the Law of the Sea conference began at the United Nations on Monday to negotiate the most difficult issues no use and allocation of the oceans' resources.
SYNOPSIS: ???oates wee warned by conference president, Mr. Hamilton Shirley Amerasinghe of Sri Lanka, that progress must be made in the seven weeks of negotiations or the chance of a comprehensive treaty may be lost.