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The UK, supported by China, stated that they supported the African Group's proposals in principle but stressed the need to leave the section open for discussion at the next session since the substantive nature and content of the Convention are still unknown. The UK, supported by Botswana, Benin and China, suggested that a simple majority of 2/3 is preferable for ratification. The UK, supported by the US, said that an amendment should not enter into force for all parties and that a party not wishing to be bound by the amendments should so indicate. Botswana agreed with the UK that discussion on this section was premature, but noted that most of the African Group's suggestions are based on precedents.