§ Mr. Ennals
The general debate in plenary, which concluded on 15th July, revealed a wide measure of support for a 12-mile territorial sea. There was also considerable support for a 200-mile economic zone, although there are important differences about the rules to apply within such a zone.
Substantive negotiations have now begun in each of the committees of the conference established to deal with particular questions.
On 3rd July the British delegation tabled a set of draft articles on the territorial sea and straits which has had a generally favourable initial reception.
It is difficult to forecast the extent of agreements likely to have been reached by the date set for the conclusion of the conference.