Geneva, 13 March 2003
DOMINICA, RWANDA AND VANUATU
Withdrawal of recommendation to suspend trade
1. In Notification to the Parties No. 2002/064 of 19 December 2002 the Secretariat informed Parties that, pursuant to Decision 11.37, the Conference of the Parties recommended, until further notice, that Parties should not authorize any trade in specimens of CITES-listed species with certain countries that had not provided adequate justification for their failure to provide annual reports for three consecutive years within the deadline established in Resolution Conf. 11.17*.
2. On 19 December 2002, Dominica provided to the Secretariat copies of CITES permits and certificates that had been issued during the years 2000-2001. These documents were passed to UNEP-WCMC for compilation into annual reports and entry into the global CITES trade database. On 7 March 2003 Dominica confirmed in writing to the Secretariat that these documents reflected the totality of its CITES trade for the period 1997-2001.
3. On 10 March 2003, Rwanda provided the Secretariat with annual reports for 1999-2002 showing that no CITES trade had occurred during 1999 and 2000 because of conflict in the sub-region and that only minimal CITES trade had occurred during 2001 and 2002.
4. On 10 March 2003, Vanuatu wrote to the Secretariat advising that it had transmitted electronic versions of its annual reports for the period 1996-2002 to UNEP-WCMC on 4 March 2003.
5. The Secretariat therefore informs Parties that the recommendation to suspend trade with Dominica, Rwanda and Vanuatu is withdrawn with immediate effect.
* This Resolution was revised at the 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties and the revised version, Resolution Conf. 11.17 (Rev. CoP12), came into effect in February 2003.
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