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Mr. S. Harbinson (Hong Kong)
D Organizational Matters and Work Programme
79. The representative of Canada, referring to the issue of non-violation nullification or impairment in the TRIPS context, said that her delegation attached considerable importance to the inclusion of this matter in the work programme of the TRIPS Council. While recognizing the time available for a review and further consultations on this question, she stressed that the issues concerned were conceptually difficult and had not been taken up in substance in any previous discussions, including the TRIPS negotiations. The discussion of these issues should not be delayed too much, so as to leave an adequate period to complete examination of the matter, as called for in Article 64 of the TRIPS Agreement. She suggested that the Council include the matter in its work programme with a view to, at least, setting a work plan this year on how to deal with it.