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H.E. Ambassador Dagfinn Sørli (Norway)
European Union
371.   I just wanted to very quickly thank for the comments, both from the LDC Group and from South Africa. As regard to the LDC Group we understand that our proposal is being analysed and we can look forward to some comments and to some proposals and that is very good news. And we are very much looking forward to this discussion. In the same way, regarding comments from South Africa, I think that one strand of these comments is about the fact that in the view of South Africa, the European Union proposal does not go far enough, it has only very limited issues included as the delegate said, and that there can be some further expansion of these ideas. That again is very good news to us. We are looking forward to this discussion, I think that if there is something missing, if there are issues that should be addressed or clarified in the view of South Africa, we want to reiterate our openness to such discussion. We have always emphasized that the list of issues that we proposed in our proposal to be clarified is not exhaustive, and therefore we are open to discussions on other issues and other clarifications, so we would like to really look, if need be, issue by issue, requirement by requirement, to see where there are problems, where there is complexity, where these are cumbersome in view of delegations, and to see what we can do to facilitate the use of the system. 372.   I think we had a very broad discussion here and we are struggling as regards the way forward, and finding a common ground, but we have to start somewhere. I think we all agreed that patents is the most relevant part. What we would suggest is to start the discussion with regards to patents, let's have a discussion with regards to requirement by requirement and looking at what could be clarified, what could be facilitated. I would just like to emphasise that the European Union is very ready to have this discussion and with look forward to furthering discussions.
19. The Chair said this item had been put on the agenda at the request of the European Union. Two communications had also been received from the European Union and had been circulated as documents IP/C/W/680 and IP/C/W/681. He invited the European Union to introduce the topic and the submissions.
20. The delegations of the European Union, Chad, on behalf of the LDC Group, South Africa, Switzerland, Paraguay, Singapore and India, took the floor.
21. The Council took note of the statements made.
IP/C/M/101, IP/C/M/101/Add.1