The aim of the consultations was to obtain wider participation of the major industrialized countries in the convention in order to achieve the goal of universality. The consultations resulted in an outcome that served as the basis for a general agreement on the issues that were the subject of the consultations. 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. A solution to the question of representation within the Council is found in the informal annex II agreement. In the informal consultations on 28 and 29 January 1993, participants generally felt that the phase in which a text should be developed on the basis of a more operational approach in a form that could form the basis of an agreement was adopted. Subsequently, delegations, while examining the substantive issues contained in the briefing note of 4 June 1993, also referred to the corresponding parts of the « start-up document ». This document has been divided into three parts: (i) a draft resolution for adoption by the General Assembly; (ii) a draft agreement on the application of Part XI of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea; and (iii) two annexes. Appendix I contained the agreed conclusions of the Secretary-General`s consultations and Appendix II was based on substantial adjustments.

Informal consultations have thus begun under the auspices of the Secretary-General on outstanding issues relating to the provisions of the United Nations Convention on Deep Sea Mines. Participants conducted an article-by-article review of the draft agreement. Attention was then turned to the two main issues facing the consultations: decision-making within the Council and the company. These issues, which are at the heart of the consultations, have proved to be the most difficult to resolve. From the outset of the consultations, it became clear that these issues could only be resolved in the final phase of this process, when the results of the consultations were clearer. With regard to decision-making, the debate focused on the system of votes by chamber, in particular on whether categories or groups of States, particularly developing countries, should be treated in chambers for decision-making purposes within the Council. The discussion about the company focused on the nature of the mechanism that would trigger the start of its activity, as well as its functions. 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.