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Ambassador Yonov Agah (Nigeria)
161. The Chairman recalled that paragraph 45 of the Hong Kong Ministerial Declaration directed the TRIPS Council to continue its examination of the scope and modalities for complaints of the types provided for under subparagraphs 1(b) and 1(c) of Article XXIII of GATT 1994 and make recommendations to the next session of the Ministerial Conference. It was agreed that in the meantime, Members would not initiate such complaints under the TRIPS Agreement. 162. He further recalled that, at its meeting in March 2006, the Council had agreed to keep the item on non-violation and situation complaints on the agenda as a regular item so as to allow Members who would have new thinking to share it, and also enable the Council to consider improved ways of organizing its work on this matter.