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The Outer Continental Shelf And South American Coastal States

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As of 13 May 2009, five submissions regarding areas of the continental shelf in South America had been made before the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS, or the Commission), established in accordance with the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (LOS Convention). Argentina, Brazil, French Guyana, Suriname and Uruguay are among the 51 states that have made partial or full submissions related to their continental shelves. Additionally, as of that date, preliminary information had been submitted by Chile and Guyana. As an Antarctic claimant state, Chile has followed an approach agreed upon among the claimant states, along the principles and objectives shared by the Antarctic Treaty and the LOS Convention. As a non-party state to the LOS Convention, Ecuador has expressed its interest in an extended continental shelf.

Keywords: CLCS; LOS convention; outer continental shelf; South American coastal states



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