The final session of the eight-year Law of the Sea Conference opened at the United Nations on Monday (8 March) in a pessimistic atmosphere.
1. SV/SCU Tommy Koh, president of the conference, speaking 0.48
2. SV French delegate seated 0.52
3. SCU Mr. Javier Perez de Cuellar, UN Secretary-General, speaking in Spanish 1.46
TRANSCRIPT FOR SHOT ONE:
KOH: "My colleagues in the collegium and I, are convinced that the goal of adopting the convention on the law of the Sea by the 30th of April this year, is an achievable goal. It is also our aspiration that a convention which we shall adopt shall be one and join universal support. We believe that if we work hard, if we adhere to our work programme, if we negotiate that pending issues, with a constructive attitude of seeking to accommodate one another's interests, we can achieve our twin goals."
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The final session of the eight-year Law of the Sea Conference opened at the United Nations on Monday (8 March) in a pessimistic atmosphere. Mr. Tommy Koh, of Singapore, president of the conference, had earlier indicated that United States' demands concerning seabed mining 'did not leave much room for optimism'. But in his opening address, Mr. Koh urged all countries to work towards agreement before the end of the session, scheduled for 30 April. His remarks were backed by the United Nations Secretary General Mr. Javier Perez de Cuellar, who declared that 'no state can get everything it wants', another reference to the United States, which wants major changes in a key section of the convention dealing with sea-bed mining
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