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Commonwealth and Caribbean experts to meet on resolving maritime boundary disputes
Published on February 1, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

LONDON, England -- Commonwealth and Eastern Caribbean maritime officials will meet in Saint Lucia from 4 to 6 February to discuss ways of resolving outstanding maritime boundary issues in the region.

The meeting, organised by the Commonwealth and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), will provide participants with the opportunity to share best practice in current trends in managing sea bed resources.

Senior maritime experts from the two organisations will speak about trends in ocean governance and maritime boundary delimitation.

Joshua Brien, head of the economic and legal section at the Commonwealth Secretariat, said: “The absence of clearly defined maritime boundaries has prevented countries in the region from effectively managing their ocean space and realising the potentially significant benefits of an ocean-based economy.”

Officials from both organisations agree that the negotiation of agreed maritime boundaries provides the foundation for the exercise of important rights under international law, including the exploration, development and conservation of marine living and non-living resources, and for the establishment of ocean governance regimes.

For the OECS, the meeting is particularly welcome, as the region is in need of legal and technical expertise as part of a renewed effort to settle long-standing maritime boundary issues.
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