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Observers expressed both bemusement and frustration with the arduous negotiations on the Barbados Declaration. The intended "reader friendly" document seems to be buried deeper and deeper beneath evocations of the Gaia-like quality of islanders, eulogies to the pearl fishers and constant reiteration of the vulnerabilities of SIDS. While some would rather scrap the Declaration, citing the Preamble as a better text at the moment, others seem resigned to continue.