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AG/RES. 1902 (XXXII-O/02)

COOPERATION IN THE PREVENTION AND SETTLEMENT OF MARITIME BOUNDARY DISPUTES AMONG MEMBER STATES IN THE CARIBBEAN REGION 

(Adopted at the fourth plenary session held on June 4, 2002) 

            THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY, 

            CONVINCED of the importance of the peaceful settlement of disputes for the peace, security, and well-being of nations; 

            REAFFIRMING the purposes set forth in the Charter of the Organization of American States, especially the prevention of possible causes of difficulties between member states and ensuring the peaceful settlement of disputes that may arise among them, based on international law and the treaties in force; 

            RECOGNIZING the concerted cooperation efforts in the Caribbean region in the area of maritime boundary delimitation; and 

            RECALLING the initiative presented by the President of Mexico in July 2001, during the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community, held in Nassau, The Bahamas, with a view to convening a Conference on Maritime Delimitation in the Caribbean to facilitate negotiations to define maritime boundaries among the member states of the Caribbean region, 

RESOLVES: 

1.                   To reaffirm the commitment of the member states to the peaceful settlement of disputes that may arise among them. 

2.                   To take note of the Conference on Maritime Delimitation in the Caribbean, held in Mexico City from May 6 to 8, 2002, which is intended to facilitate, mainly through technical assistance, voluntary negotiations to define maritime boundaries through agreements among the states listed in Annex I of the Rules of Procedure of the Conference*, in such a manner as the Parties may decide freely, on such terms as may be agreed among them and without any outside interference. 

3.                   To recognize the commitment of the states listed in Annex I of the Rules of Procedure of the Conference* to prevent possible disputes in defining maritime boundary. 

4.                   To note that the states listed in Annex I of the Rules of Procedure of the Conference* have established, in the context of this Conference, an assistance fund and a delimitation negotiations registry.  Also to note that the states participating in the conference have registered the first maritime boundary delimitation negotiation. 

5.                   To note the intention of the states listed in Annex I of the Rules of Procedure of the Conference* to continue the efforts that they have initiated in the context of the Conference.


*                     It does not include Observer States in the Conference.

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