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Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS)
Outer limits of the continental shelf beyond 200 nautical miles from the baselines:
Submissions to the Commission
: Submission by the French Republic

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Updated on 11 June 2012

On 5 February 2009, the French Republic submitted to the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf, in accordance with Article 76, paragraph 8, of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea of 10 December 1982, information on the limits of the continental shelf beyond 200 nautical miles from the baselines from which the breadth of the territorial sea is measured in respect of the areas of the French Antilles and the Kerguelen Islands.

It is noted that the Convention entered into force for France on 11 May 1996.

In accordance with the Rules of Procedure of the Commission, a communication is being circulated to all Member States of the United Nations, as well as States Parties to the Convention, in order to make public the executive summary of the submission, including all charts and coordinates contained in that summary, as well as the note verbale accompanying the submission.

The consideration of the partial submission made by France will be included in the provisional agenda of the twenty-fourth session of the Commission to be held in New York from 10 August to 11 September 2009.

Upon completion of the consideration of the submission, the Commission shall make recommendations pursuant to Article 76 of the Convention.

On 19 April 2012, the Commission adopted by consensus the “Recommendations of the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf in regard to the Partial Submission made by the Republic of France in respect of the areas of the French Antilles and the Kerguelen Islands on 5 February 2009”.

Pursuant to article 6, paragraph 3, of annex II to the Convention, the recommendations, including a summary thereof, were submitted in writing to the coastal State and to the Secretary-General on 27 April 2012.

Summary of the Recommendations (2012)

Pursuant to section V. paragraph 11 (3) of Annex III to the Rules of Procedures of the Commission, the summary of the Recommendations is hereby made public.

   Summary of the Recommendations

Submission (2009)

 

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Continental Shelf Notification English | Français
Executive summary English | Français
Communication from France Note verbale dated 5 February 2009: English | Français
Communication from France Letter dated 7 January 2011: English | Français
Communications received with regard to the submission made by France to the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf
Netherlands

Note dated 28 August 2009: English

Japan

Note dated 19 November 2009: English

 

 

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