At the 81st regular session of the International Cocoa Council, which was held in Yaoundé, Cameroon from 23-26 March 2010 at the generous invitation of the Government of the Republic of Cameroon, the Council approved the extension of the International Cocoa Agreement, 2001.

The text of the decision agreed by the Council is as follows:

The International Cocoa Council

Observing that the International Cocoa Agreement, 2001 entered into force on 1 October 2003 and that, on 30 September 2010, it will have reached the end of the first period of the two year extension following the fifth year of its entry into force;

Noting further that, in accordance with the provisions of Article 63, paragraph 3, the Council may extend the Agreement in whole or in part for two periods not exceeding two cocoa years each;

DECIDES

To extend the International Cocoa Agreement, 2001, in whole, for a period of two years from 1 October 2010, in accordance with the provisions of Article 63;

To request the Executive Director to transmit the present decision to the Secretary-General of the United Nations who acts as depository of the International Cocoa Agreement.”

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