1. This Reply responds to the points raised by Guinea in its Statement of Response dated 30 January 1998 (“Guinean Response”) and provides additional factual and legal material in support of the Request for Provisional Measures (“Request”) submitted to the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (“the Tribunal”) on 13 January 1998.
2. Since the submission of the Request, new developments have occurred which bear on these proceedings. First , the written text of the Judgement of 17 December 1997 of the Tribunal de Premiere Instance (“TPI”) of Conakry was finally made available to St Vincent and the Grenadines on 6 February 1998 (see Attachment 1 ; “Judgement of 17 December”). This text confirms the fine of 15,354,024,040 GNF imposed on the master of the m/v Saiga and the confiscation of the vessel and its cargo in application of Article 111 and 242 of the 1982 Convention and the criminal and customs laws identified in the Request. The judgement makes no reference to any laws relating to fisheries or other resources of the exclusive economic zone. Second , on 3 February 1998 the Court of Appeal of Conakry gave judgement on the Master’s appeal from the judgement of the TPI (see Attachment 2 ; “Judgement of 3 February”). This judgement: