The Council of the International Seabed Authority in a meeting yesterday afternoon decided by consensus to adopt a draft decision related to the Regulations which it had continued to deliberate upon at the 16th Session.

The Council has decided to remove regulation 23: Overlapping claims, from the draft Regulations on prospecting and exploration for polymetallic sulphides in the Area and reformulate its contents into a resolution.

At Thursday morning’s meeting, Council will take up the consideration of a draft decision requesting, on behalf of the Republic of Nauru, an advisory opinion from the Seabed Disputes Chamber of the International Tribubnal for the Law of the Sea.