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Annex IX (a)

Opening date and duration of the general debate

"The General Assembly,

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"2. Also decides that the general debate in the General Assembly shall open on the Tuesday following the opening of the regular session of the General Assembly and shall be held without interruption over a period of nine working days".

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(a) By resolution 57/301 of 13 March 2003, the General Assembly decided to change the opening date and length of the general debate and also decided to annex paragraph 2 of the resolution to the rules of procedure of the Assembly. The paragraph is reproduced in the present annex.