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This Convention shall be open for signature by the States represented at the eleventh session (1961–1962) of the Diplomatic Conference on Maritime Law.
This Convention shall be ratified and the instruments of ratification shall be deposited with the Belgian Government.
1. States Members of the United Nations, Members of the specialized agencies and of the International Atomic Energy Agency not represented at the eleventh session of the Diplomatic Conference on Maritime Law, may accede to this Convention.
2. The instruments of accession shall be deposited with the Belgian Government.
3. The Convention shall come into force in respect of the acceding State three months after the date of deposit of the instrument of accession of that State, but not before the date of entry into force of the Convention as established by Article XXIV.
1. This Convention shall come into force three months after the deposit of an instrument of ratification by at least one licensing State and one other State.
2. This Convention shall come into force, in respect of each signatory State which ratifies it after its entry into force as provided in paragraph 1 of this Article, three months after the date of deposit of the instrument of ratification of that State.
1. Any Contracting State may denounce this Convention by notification to the Belgian Government at any time after the first revision Conference held in accordance with the provisions of Article XXVI.1.
2. This denunciation shall take effect one year after the date on which the notification has been received by the Belgian Government.
1. Each Contracting Party may at the time of signature or ratification of this Convention or accession thereto, declare that it does not consider itself bound by Article XX of the Convention. The other Contracting Parties shall not be bound by this Article with respect to any Contracting Party having made such a reservation.
2. Any Contracting Party having made a reservation in accordance with paragraph 1 may at any time withdraw this reservation by notification to the Belgian Government.
1. A Conference for the purpose of revising this Convention shall be convened by the Belgian Government and the International Atomic Energy Agency after the Convention has been in force five years.
2. Such a Conference shall also be convened by the Belgian Government and the International Atomic Energy Agency before the expiry of this term or thereafter, if one third of the Contracting States express a desire to that effect.
By note verbale dated 29 March 1976, received 5 April 1976 by the Belgian government, the Dutch Embassy in Brussels has announced:
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