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Antarctic Consultative Meeting (Swedish Proposal)

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 29th June 2005.

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Photo of Norman Baker Norman Baker Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what policy positions the Government advocated at the 28th Antarctic Consultative Meeting, with particular reference to the Swedish proposal regarding the remedying of pollution.

Photo of Douglas Alexander Douglas Alexander Minister of State (Europe)

holding answer 20 June 2005

A new annex on Liability Arising from Environmental Emergencies to the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty was adopted at the 28th Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting, held this year in Stockholm from 6 to 17 June 2005.

This new annex has been the subject of negotiations among Antarctic Treaty Consultative Parties for the past 12 years. The UK has been actively and constructively engaged in all negotiations and is fully committed to the implementation of the new annex.

UK-led initiatives on other issues that were agreed in Stockholm included Site Guidelines for Visitors to Antarctica and a Management Plan for Deception Island.

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