Germany: Ratification of Sea-bed Treaty

State Germany
Treaty Sea-bed Treaty
Action Type Ratification
Depositary Government of the United Kingdom
Date 18 November 1975
Note

Declaration on ratification:

With effect from the day on which the Treaty enters into force for the Federal Republic of Germany it will also apply to Berlin (West) without affecting the rights and responsibilities of the Allied Authorities and the competences falling upon them with respect to disarmament and demilitarization.

Declaration by a Note dated 12 April, 1976 (translation):

The Government of the Federal Republic of Germany would like to state with regard to the Note of the Government of Canada of 17 May 1972, the Note of the Government of the Republic of India of 20 July 1973 and the Note of the Government of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia of 25 February 1974 that the declarations contained in the above-mentioned Notes are not of a nature to confer on the Governments of those three countries more far-reaching rights than those to which they are entitled under current international law.  Moreover, the Federal Government holds the view that all rights existing under current international law which are not covered by the prohibitions are left intact by the Treaty.

Declaration dated 14 July, 1981 (translation):

With regard to the declaration submitted by the Socialist Republic of Vietnam on the occasion of the deposit of its instrument of accession to the Treaty of 11 February 1971 on the Prohibition of the Emplacement of Nuclear Weapons and other Weapons of Mass Destruction on the Seabed and the Ocean Floor and in the Subsoil thereof, to the depository in Moscow on 20 June 1980, the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany would like to recall its position set out in its Note of 12 April 1976 to the depository in London in connection with the declarations made by the Governments of Canada, India and Yugoslavia on the said Treaty.  It continues to hold the view that those declarations are not of a nature to confer on those governments more far-reaching rights than those to which they are entitled under current international law.  It also holds this view with regard to the declaration made by the Government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.  Furthermore, the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany would like to state once more that all rights existing under current international law which are not covered by the prohibitions are left intact by the Treaty.

Objection:

Communication by a Note dated 14 October 1985 referring to the declaration by the Government of Mexico on depositing their instrument of accession in London on 23 March, 1984:  "In the view of the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany, the aforementioned declaration relates above all to matters that are not dealt with in the Treaty to which it refers.  The declaration is not acceptable to the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany to the extent that it lays claim to rights to which a coastal State is not entitled under general international law."

Other Actions Signature on deposit with London — 8 June 1971
Signature on deposit with Moscow — 8 June 1971
Ratification on deposit with Washington — 18 November 1975
Signature on deposit with Washington — 8 June 1971