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10.1 The Memorandum is without prejudice to the rights and obligations under any international Agreement.
10.2 A Maritime Authority of a State, which complies with the criteria specified in Annex 9, may adhere to the Memorandum with the consent of all Authorities which have accepted the Memorandum.
10.3 The Memorandum remains open for signature, at the Headquarters of the Secretariat of the Committee from 11 July 1997 to 23 February 1998. Maritime Authorities meeting the requirements specified in Annex 9 may become parties of the Memorandum by:
10.4 Acceptance or accession will be effected by a written communication by the Maritime Authorities to the Secretariat.
10.5 The Secretariat will inform the Maritime Authorities who have signed the Memorandum of any signature or written communication, or of acceptance or accession and of the date on which such an event has taken place.
10.6 This Memorandum will enter into force for each Authority on the date duly notified to the Secretariat.
10.7 Any Maritime Authority or Organization wishing to participate as an observer will submit in writing an application to the Committee and will be accepted as an observer subject to the unanimous consent of the representatives of the Authorities present and voting at the Committee meeting.
10.8 Any Authority may withdraw from the Memorandum by providing the Committee with 60 days notice in writing.
10.9 The English, French and Arabic versions are equally authentic. The English text is the official version of the Memorandum in case of dispute.
9.1 Any Authority which has accepted the Memorandum may propose amendments to the Memorandum.
9.2 In the case of proposed amendments to sections of the Memorandum the following procedure will apply:
If so adopted an amendment will be communicated by the Secretariat to the Authorities for acceptance.
The amendments of paragraph 1 of Section 2 are adopted by a two-thirds majority of the representatives of the Authorities present and voting which are party to the new Convention proposed for inclusion as “relevant instrument”:
9.3 In the case of proposed amendments to Annexes of the Memorandum the following procedure will apply:
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