United States of America: Ratification of Treaty on Open Skies

State United States of America
Treaty Treaty on Open Skies
Action Type Ratification
Depositary Government of Hungary
Date 3 December 1993
Note

4 February 1994

"Statement of Interpretation
 
In connection with Article XII of the Treaty on Open Skies, the Government of the United States of America makes the following statement:
 
Article XII of the Open Skies Treaty does not modify existing international law on liability for injury or damage that may occur as a result of flights conducted under the Treaty.  It does not impose liability on the observing Party to pay compensation for injury or damage to an observed Party, or to its natural or juridical persons or to their property, caused by the operation of the observation aircraft during an observation flight in the course of implementation of the Open Skies Treaty, if such observation flight was conducted using an observation aircraft designated and provided by the observed party under Article VI of the Treaty.
Further, the United States will seek compensation from the observed Party in any case in which injury or damage to the United States, including but not limited to any of its flight representatives, sensor operators and inspectors, is caused by the operation of the observation aircraft during an observation flight in the course of implementation of the Open Skies Treaty and if such observation flight was conducted using an observation aircraft designated and provided by the observed Party pursuant to Article VI of the Treaty."
Other Actions Signature on deposit with Budapest — 24 March 1992
Signature on deposit with Ottawa — 24 March 1992
Ratification on deposit with Ottawa — 3 December 1993