Interpretation of No. 224 of the ITU Constitution and No. 519 of the ITU Convention with regard to deadlines for submitting proposals for amendments
The Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunication Union (Marrakesh, 2002),
No. 224 of the ITU Constitution and No. 519 of the ITU Convention, specifying the deadlines for submitting proposals by Member States with respect to amendments to the Constitution and Convention, respectively,
a) that, given the time between two plenipotentiary conferences (four years) and the need for preparatory meetings between two conferences, it is difficult for some Member States to submit their proposals within the specified time-limit;
b) that, in order for Member States to prepare adequately for a plenipotentiary conference, proposals should be received well in advance of such conference,
the manner in which the Plenipotentiary Conference (Minneapolis, 1998) addressed this issue (see Document PP-98/341),
to endorse the view expressed by the Plenipotentiary Conference (Minneapolis, 1998) in the aforementioned document to the effect that No. 224 of the Constitution should be interpreted as "intended to encourage Member States to submit their proposals as early as possible and, preferably, eight months before the opening of the conference", and that the same applies to No. 519 of the Convention.