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Mr. S. Harbinson (Hong Kong)
D Implementation of Article 65.5
42. The representative of Egypt said that Article 65 of the Agreement contained transitional arrangements for developing countries and countries in transition and, in its paragraph 5, also stipulated that a Member benefiting from a transitional period should ensure that any changes during that period did not result in a lesser degree of consistency with the provisions of the Agreement. As her delegation read the Article, it did not put any obligation on a Member to notify such changes; it simply requested the Members to ensure that such changes were consistent with the provisions of the Agreement. The Article required neither the Council nor the Secretariat to monitor such changes. Her delegation did not see the point of any additional notification burdens at this point, if this was not required by the Agreement itself. It was clear that Article 65.5 was merely oriented towards the Members themselves and that it was up to each of them to ensure consistency. Her delegation believed that nothing else could be deduced from Article 65.5 and that its views on the matter coincided with paragraphs 2.1 and 2.2 of the working hypothesis in relation to notifications under Article 63.2, to which the representative of the European Communities had referred earlier today.