- Palau, on behalf of Chile, Costa Rica, France and Vanuatu, states that “we believe it is our right as members of the Assembly to be able to have a debate on something that should be of utmost importance in our deliberations, the conservation of the marine environment”. Palau added “We respect the role of the Council and its Members. However, the Assembly has its role to play. It is not a passive organ of the Authority. “
- We do not yet know enough about the deep seabed, but many of us here, as well as over 700 scientists, have endorsed the view that we should not be so cavalier about moving forward effectively. We are asking all of us as members of this esteemed body to resist the siren song of industry, which promises millions of quick dollars, but at the risk and expense of our environment, as well as aspects of intergenerational equity and the rights of our future generations.
- We view that the 2 year rule does not require that the LTC make a recommendation and the Council automatically approve a Plan of Work.