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A/RES/51/204


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

28 February 1997

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Fifty-first session
Agenda item 163


                  RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

         [without reference to a Main Committee (A/51/L.56 and Add.1)]


            51/204.  Observer status for the International
                     Tribunal for the Law of the Sea in the
                     General Assembly


      The General Assembly,

      Stressing the importance of the uniform interpretation or
application of the provisions of the United Nations Convention on the
Law of the Sea, 1/ the agreements related thereto and any other
agreement which may confer  jurisdiction on the International Tribunal
for the Law of the Sea,

      Aware of the need for States to settle any disputes concerning
the interpretation or application of the Convention by peaceful means,

      Welcoming the establishment of the Tribunal in Hamburg, Germany,

      Noting the decision of the Meeting of States Parties at its fifth
session to seek observer status for the International Tribunal for the
Law of the Sea in order to enable it to participate in the sessions
and the work of the General Assembly 2/ and the decision of the
Tribunal at its first session to seek such observer status,

      1.    Decides to invite the International Tribunal for the Law of
the Sea to participate in the sessions and the work of the General
Assembly in the capacity of observer;

      2.    Requests the Secretary-General to take the necessary action
to implement the present resolution.

                                                          88th plenary meeting
                                                              17 December 1996


                                     Notes

1/    Official Records of the Third United Nations Conference on the
Law of the Sea, vol. XVII (United Nations publication, Sales
No. E.84.V.3), document A/CONF.62/122.

2/    See SPLOS/14, para. 36.

 

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