The instrument of ratification of the Treaty by the United Kingdom states that the Treaty is ratified “in respect of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the Associated States (Antigua, Dominica, Grenada, St. Christopher-Nevis-Anguilla, St. Lucia and St. Vincent) and Territories under the territorial Sovereignty of the United Kingdom, as well as the State of Brunei and the British Solomon Islands Protectorate . . .”
The British Ambassador to Washington addressed a note, dated June 11, 1997, to the Secretary of State which reads as follows:
“Secretary of State
“I am instructed by Her Britannic Majesty’s Principal Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs to refer to the Treaty 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, done at London/Moscow/Washington on 11 February 197 (hereinafter referred to as the “Treaty”) which applies to Hong Kong at present.
“I am also instructed to state that, in accordance with the Joint Declaration of the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of the People’s Republic of China on the Question of Hong Kong signed on 19 December 1984, the Government of the United Kingdom will restore Hong Kong to the People’s Republic of China with effect from 1 July 1997. The Government of the United Kingdom will continue to have international responsibility for Hong Kong until that date. Therefore, from that date the Government of the United Kingdom will cease to be responsible for the international rights and obligations arising from the application of the Treaty to Hong Kong.
“I should be grateful if the contents of this Note could be placed formally on record and brought to the attention of the other Parties to the Treaty.
“I avail myself of this opportunity to renew to Your Excellency the assurances of my highest consideration.”