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(b) The person so appointed shall hear the staff member and the Secretary-General, or his representative, without other persons present and endeavour to settle the matter by way of conciliation. Conciliation proceedings shall not operate to modify or suspend the application of any of the time limits referred to in staff rule 11.2, unless either the Chairman of the JointAppeals Board or, if already constituted, the panel constituted to hear the appeal, decides to waive any such time limit. (c) In the event of a successful conciliation, the agreement of the parties shall be recorded in a Minute.

(d) In the event of failure to achieve a conciliation, a report shall be drawn up summarizing the procedure followed, the arguments of the parties and the recommendations made during the proceedings. That report shall be transmitted to the Secretary-General and to the staff member.

CHAPTER XIII GENERAL PROVISIONS

Rule 13.1

Amendment of, and exceptions to, Staff Rules

(a) Subject to Staff Regulations 12.1 to 12.6, these Rules may be amended by the Secretary-General in a manner consistent with the Staff Regulations. (b) Exceptions to the Staff Rules may be made by the Secretary-General, provided that such exception is not inconsistent with any staff regulation or other decision of the Assembly and provided further that it is agreed to by the staff member directly affected and is, in the opinion of the Secretary-General, not prejudicial to the interests of any other staff member or group of staff members.

Rule 13.2

Application and interpretation of Staff Rules

In applying the Staff Rules of the Authority, and in the absence of any administrative instruction or directive issued by the Secretary-General for implementation of the Staff Rules of the Authority, the Secretary-General shall be guided by the administrative instructions, directives and practices of the United Nations to the extent that such administrative instruction, directives and practices relate to the implementation of Staff Rules of the Authority similar to those provisions contained in the United Nations Staff Rules.

Rule 13.3 Financial responsibility

Any staff member may be required to reimburse theAuthority either partially or in full for any fnancial loss suffered by the Authority as a result of the staff member's gross negligence or of his or her having violated any regulation, rule or administrative instruction.

Staff Rules, 12.1-13.3

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