(ii) an interpretive agreement consisting of agreements on the interpretation and application of the convention; 2/ Informal consultations were held on the following dates: 19 July 1990; October 30, 1990; March 25, 1991; July 23, 1991; October 14-15, 1991; December 10-11, 1991; June 16-17, 1992; August 6-7, 1992; January 28-29, 1993; April 27-28, 1993; August 2-6, 1993; 8-12 November 1993; January 31-4. February 1994; April 4-8, 1994; May 31 to June 3, 1994. In response to some of the difficulties associated with the provisions of the exploitation of the seabed in Part XI of the agreement, mentioned in particular by the industrialized countries, the Secretary-General convened in July 1990 a series of informal consultations which culminated on 28 July 1994 in the adoption of the Agreement on the Application of Part XI of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea of 10 December 1982. The agreement entered into force on July 28, 1996. In July 1990, Secretary-General Javier Prez de Cullar took the initiative to convene informal consultations to secure universal participation in the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. The Secretary-General stressed the importance of obtaining general acceptance of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, an instrument that has been a long-running negotiating tool and has already made an important contribution to the international legal order of shipping. He stressed that, while continuing to encourage all States that have not done so to ratify or accede to the Convention, it should be recognized that there are problems with certain aspects of the convention relating to the exploitation of deep-sea mines that have prevented some States from ratifying or joining the Convention. At the end of the session, a revised text (SG/LOS/CRP.1/Rev.1) of 3 June 1994 was presented to delegations. This document has elicited a number of editorial observations that are reflected in the text of the resolution and the draft agreement on the application of Part XI of the Un Convention on the Law of the Sea of 10 December 1982, which is contained in Appendix I of this report.

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