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ISBA/16/C/L.6, in which it set out, in the annex thereto, certain special procedures relating to overlapping claims, to have effect for a period of one year following the date of adoption of the regulations.   

6. At its 161st meeting, on 6 May 2010, the Council adopted the Regulations on prospecting and exploration for polymetallic sulphides in the Area, as contained in document ISBA/16/C/L.5 of 4 May 2010. The Council noted that the secretariat would, in due course, issue a definitive text of the Regulations in all official languages, and that any linguistic changes of a draft‐related nature should be submitted within a period of three months. The decision of the Council relating to the Regulations is contained in document ISBA/16/C/12. 

  

V. PROPOSAL TO SEEK AN ADVISORY OPINION FROM THE SEABED DISPUTES CHAMBER OF 

THE INTERNATIONAL TRIBUNAL FOR THE LAW OF THE SEA ON MATTERS RELATING TO THE RESPONSIBILITY AND LIABILITY OF SPONSORING STATES 

  

7. At its 155th and 160th meetings, on 3 and 6 May 2010, respectively, the Council considered a proposal submitted by the delegation of Nauru to seek an advisory opinion from the Seabed Disputes Chamber of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea on matters relating to responsibility and liability of sponsoring States (ISBA/16/C/6). The Council agreed that, since the developmental activities in the Area had already commenced, the issue of responsibility and liability of the sponsoring State was a matter of concern to all States and should therefore be delinked from the request of the delegation of Nauru.  

8. At its 161st meeting, on 6 May 2010, the Council decided, in accordance with article 191 of the Convention, to request the Seabed Disputes Chamber to render an advisory opinion on the following questions: 

(a) What are the legal responsibilities and obligations of States parties to the Convention with respect to the sponsorship of activities in the Area in accordance with the Convention, in particular part XI, and the 1994 Agreement relating to the Implementation of Part XI of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea of 10 December 1982? 

(b) What is the extent of liability of a State party for any failure to comply with the provisions of the Convention, in particular Part XI, and the 1994 Agreement, by an entity whom it has sponsored under article 153, paragraph 2 (b), of the Convention? 

(c) What are the necessary and appropriate measures that a sponsoring State must take in order to fulfil its responsibility under the Convention, in particular under article 139 and annex III, and the 1994 Agreement?  

9. The decision of the Council in this respect is contained in document ISBA/16/C/13. The Council requested the Secretary‐General to transmit the request to the Seabed Disputes Chamber in due course.  

VI. DRAFT REGULATIONS ON PROSPECTING AND EXPLORATION FOR COBALT‐RICH 

FERROMANGANESE CRUSTS IN THE AREA 

 

10. At its 159th meeting, on 5 May 2010, the Council took up consideration of the draft regulations on prospecting and exploration for cobalt‐rich ferromanganese crusts in the Area. The Council noted that the draft regulations as proposed by the Legal and Technical Commission in 2009 were contained in the annex to document ISBA/16/C/WP.2. The Council further noted that the draft regulations proposed by the Commission would require further revision in order to bring them into alignment with the text of the Regulations on prospecting and exploration for polymetallic sulphides in the Area, as adopted by the Council during its present session. Some general comments were exchanged concerning the issues that the Council would need to discuss in more detail in relation to the draft regulations, including that of the appropriate size and configuration of areas for exploration. However, as insufficient time was available to undertake a detailed examination of the draft regulations, the Council agreed to take this matter up at its next session, in 2011. The secretariat was requested to provide a revised text of the draft regulations, taking into account the need to bring the draft regulations into alignment with

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