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Delegates privately have begun articulating a wide range of views on the issues of liability and compensation and socioeconomic considerations, discussed at the first meeting of the Biosafety Working Group in Aarhus earlier this year. On the former issue, delegates appear to support either: calling on COP-3 to instruct the Working Group to include these issues in a biosafety protocol; a separate protocol; or no international agreement on this issue. Some expect these positions to take shape during the discussion on this topic later in the week.