|THE MEXICAN GOVERNMENT’S CLAIM REGARDING THE CONTINENTAL SHELF OF THE EASTERN POLYGON IN THE GULF OF MEXICO CONTINUES|
THE MEXICAN GOVERNMENT’S CLAIM REGARDING THE CONTINENTAL SHELF OF THE EASTERN POLYGON IN THE GULF OF MEXICO CONTINUES
• Dr Galo Carrera Hurtado, a prominent Mexican citizen, was appointed chairman of the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf.
A Mexican delegation appeared before the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf in New York City yesterday to orally submit its claim regarding the outer limits of the extended Continental Shelf in the Eastern Polygon in the Gulf of Mexico. The delegation included officials from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Energy, the Navy, PEMEX and the National Institute of Statistics and Geography.
The Mexican delegation, pursuant to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, recapitulated for the full commission the technical data and legal information in the document presented to the commission in December.
The Commission may issue recommendations on the case which, if positive, would formally give Mexico the rights to the exploration and exploitation of the resources found in the afore-mentioned Continental Shelf.
This is Mexico’s second claim. The first was related to its claim on the Western Polygon, which resulted in depositing with the United Nations Secretary-General in 2009 the coordinates that delineate the permanent limits of the extended Continental Shelf that correspond to that polygon.
With these actions, Mexico strengthens its sovereign rights over the Continental Shelf of the Gulf of Mexico.
The Foreign Ministry is also pleased to announce that Dr. Galo Carrera Hurtado, a distinguished Mexican expert in marine geophysics, was recently elected chairman of the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf, of which he has been a member since 1997. The commission consists of 21 specialists in geology , geophysics or hydrograph who are elected by the States Parties to the Convention on the Law of the Sea.
Dr. Carrera Hurtado’s appointment comes as well-deserved recognition for his outstanding scientific work. He is the first Mexican to hold this post.
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