Canada: Ratification of Sea-bed Treaty

State Canada
Treaty Sea-bed Treaty
Action Type Ratification
Depositary Government of the United Kingdom
Date 17 May 1972
Note
Declarations: 
"(i).  In the view of the Canadian Government, the provisions of Article I, paragraph 1, cannot be interpreted as indicating that any state has a right to implant or emplace any weapons not prohibited under Article I, paragraph 1, on the seabed and ocean floor, and in the subsoil thereof, beyond the limits of national jurisdiction, or as constituting any limitation on the principle that this area of the seabed and ocean floor and the subsoil thereof shall be reserved for exclusively peaceful purposes.
 
(ii).  In the view of the Canadian Government, the provisions of Articles I, II and III cannot be interpreted as indicating that any state but the coastal state has any right to implant or emplace any weapon not prohibited under Article I, paragraph 1, on the continental shelf, or the subsoil thereof, appertaining to that coastal state, beyond the outer limit of the seabed zone referred to in Article I and defined in Article II.
 
(iii).  In the view of the Canadian Government, the provisions of Article III cannot be interpreted as indicating any restrictions or limitation upon the rights of the coastal state, consistent with its exclusive sovereign rights with respect to the continental shelf, to verify, inspect or effect the removal of any weapon, structure, installation, facility or device implanted or emplaced on the continental shelf, or the subsoil thereof, appertaining to that coastal state, beyond the outer limit of the seabed zone referred to in Article I and defined in Article II."
 
 
Other Actions Signature on deposit with London — 11 February 1971
Signature on deposit with Moscow — 11 February 1971
Ratification on deposit with Moscow — 17 May 1972
Signature on deposit with Washington — 11 February 1971
Ratification on deposit with Washington — 17 May 1972