Gulf Cooperation Council concludes environment session

Mar 12, 1997 01:00 AM

Ministers in charge of environment affairs of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states have concluded their fifth session in the Bahraini capital of Manama. The Gulf ministers discussed during their meeting a number of issues related to laws and regulations for the protection of the natural and maritime environment, co-ordination among the GCC states. They also discussed regional and international co-ordination with regard to agreements which safeguard the ozone layer, changing climatic conditions and inter-GCC regulations on the use and transport of chemicals, rays and overall environment system. They studied the possibilities related to the exchange of data among member states, and maritime pollution particularly pollution caused by oil tankers. The session began earlier in the day and was attended by the GCC Secretary General Jamil Hajilan. The ministers emphasised in their respective statements the importance of protecting the natural and maritime environment.

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