Good morning, your Honour Madam President, learned counsels for the Prosecution. May it please the Court, initially when we saw this item on the agenda, it was a little bit unclear to us the specific nature of the discussion that would take place today, but given the comments from your Honour Madam President, I would make a few observations.
The Court, in its comments, indicated that the new Defence team has accepted whole-heartedly the facts that were previously agreed to with the Prosecution by the former Defence team. In preparing for the Status Conference today, we did review those facts once again, and two slight observations or, shall we say, proposed corrections did come to mind. With the Court's permission, I would briefly point those out for purposes of making the record.
The first one is fact number 6. And for the record, the document to which I refer was file stamped with the Registry on April the 26th, 2007. The CMS number is number 227. The title of the submission is, "Joint Filing by the Prosecution and Defence: Admitted Facts and Law."
With respect to item number 6, in that submission it is there stated that Liberia became a member -- Liberia became a Member State of the Economic Organisation of West African States in 1975. I think the correction we would propose to the Court, and to the Prosecution as well, is that ECOWAS stands for the Economic Community of West African States.
And with regard again to item number 14, it is there stated that: "Sierra Leone is a country in Western Africa, whose western shores touch the Atlantic Ocean and whose neighbouring countries include, inter alia, Guinea and Liberia."
Our proposed correction would be that Sierra Leone is bordered by only two countries and not, inter alia, by Guinea and Liberia. Those two countries, of course, being Guinea and Liberia. And with those proposed corrections to the extent they are agreed to by the Prosecution, this Defence team would be pleased to accept all the facts that were previously agreed to with the Prosecution by the prior Defence team.
With respect to the issue of prospective agreed facts and law between the parties, the exercise that we recently undertook in responding to the Prosecution's respective motions for judicial notice, as well as their motions for the admission of materials pursuant to Rules 89(C) and 92 bis, that exercise explicated set-in areas to which we could arrive at for the agreement. We would, however, ask for the Chamber's indulgence to allow us a few weeks to revisit that issue, perhaps at a future Status Conference, by which time it would be fair to say that the parties would have presented further facts to the Chamber in the nature of a stipulated agreed facts and law.
Thank you, your Honour.