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Governments may accept the present Agreement by signature only, when the latter is not made subject to ratification or accession.
The instruments of ratification shall be transmitted to the Secretary-General of the League of Nations, who will notify their receipt to all the Governments concerned.
As from May 1, 1931, the present Agreement shall be open to accession on behalf of any Government referred to in Article III.
The instruments of accession shall be transmitted to the Secretary-General of the League of Nations, who will notify their receipt to all the Governments concerned.
The Agreement shall enter into force on the ninetieth day following its acceptance by five Governments.
After the coming into force of the Agreement in accordance with Article IV, each subsequent signature, ratification or accession shall take effect on the ninetieth day from the date of signature, or of the receipt by the Secretary-General of the League of Nations of the instruments of ratification, or of the notification of accession.
The present Agreement may be denounced on behalf of any Contracting Government after a period of seven years from the date when it came into force in respect of that Government. Denunciation shall be effected by a notification in writing addressed to the Secretary-General of the League of Nations, who will inform all the Governments referred to in Article III. Such denunciation shall take effect one year after the date of its receipt by the Secretary-General of the League of Nations, and shall operate only in respect of the Government on whose behalf it was notified.
On the expiration of each period of seven years after the coming into force of the present Agreement, its revision may be demanded by any Contracting Government. At all other times, revision of the present Agreement may be demanded by one-fourth of the Contracting Governments.
Each Contracting Government may make the acceptance of the present Agreement conditional on its acceptance by one or several of the Governments mentioned in Article III.
Any Contracting Government may, at the time of signature, ratification or accession, declare that, in accepting the present Agreement, it does not assume any obligations in respect of all or any colony, protectorate or territory under suzerainty or mandate; and the present Agreement shall not apply to any territories named in such declaration.
Any Contracting Government may give notice to the Secretary-General of the League of Nations at any time subsequently that it desires that the Agreement shall apply to all or any of the territories which have been made the subject of a declaration under the preceding paragraph, and the Agreement shall apply to all the territories named in such notice ninety days after its receipt by the Secretary-General of the League of Nations.
Any Contracting Government may declare, either after a period of seven years from the date of the notification provided for in the preceding paragraph or at the time of the denunciation provided for in Article VII, that it desires that the present Agreement shall cease to apply to all or any colony, protectorate or territory under suzerainty or mandate, and the Agreement shall cease to apply to the territories named in such a declaration one year after its receipt by the Secretary-General of the League of Nations. In default of such a declaration, the denunciation of the Convention under Article VII will not affect the application of the Convention to any territories referred to in the present Article.
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