The Chairman's Text
During the 22nd Session of the Ad Hoc Group (AHG) meeting in Geneva a number of delegations called on the Chairman to provide a complete composite text in order that a full picture of what he thought possible given the remaining differences between States Parties – was available to the delegations. During and immediately after this February 2001 session, the Chairman provided delegations with written elements of almost all of the Protocol and continued his intensive bilateral discussions with delegations. Then, at a meeting on 29 March in Geneva on ‘Facing the challenge of disease in the 21st century’, Ambassador Tóth stated that a composite text would be available to delegations the following day. 1 This, in essence, signalled that he felt he could and should produce a composite text to bridge the remaining differences and that the negotiations of the AHG had effectively reached a conclusion.
The complete Chairman's text 2 was a document of 210 pages which was recognizably of the same basic structure as the last version of the rolling text produced by the 22nd session of the Ad Hoc Group in February. 3 However, there was a certain rewording of the Articles and a use of Arabic rather than Roman numerals for the Articles. The structure of the articles in the composite Protocol text and the final version of the rolling text are compared in Table 9.1. An overall analysis of the two texts 1 strongly suggested that an attempt had been made by the Chairman to find positions which gave reasonable weight to the differences between States Parties in his compromise proposals and that little new had been introduced where agreement had already been reached. This analysis also concluded that, overall, the composite Protocol text would, if agreed by States Parties,