New Zealand: Ratification of Biological Weapons Convention

Action type
Ratification
Depositary
Government of the United States of America
Date
13 December 1972
Note
New Zealand transmitted to the Department of State on October 9, 2018, a declaration signed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of New Zealand, which reads as follows:
 
“WHEREAS the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production and Stockpiling of Bacteriological (Biological) and Toxin Weapons and on their Destruction (the “Convention”) was done at Washington, London and Moscow on 10 April 1972;
 
“AND WHEREAS the Government of New Zealand ratified the Convention on 13 December 1972;
 
“AND WHEREAS the Government of New Zealand’s ratification of the Convention extended to Niue, as a territory for whose international relations the Government of New Zealand was responsible;
 
“AND WHEREAS Niue is now a self-governing State in a relationship of free association with New Zealand, and possesses in its own right the capacity to enter into treaties and other international agreements with governments and regional and international organisations;
 
“AND WHEREAS the Government of Niue acceded to the Convention in its own right on 14 June 2018.
 
“NOW THEREFORE the Government of New Zealand DECLARES that, by reason of the accession to the Convention by the Government of Niue, it regards the Government of Niue as having succeeded to the obligations under the Convention of the Government of New Zealand in respect of the territory of Niue,
 
“AND FURTHER DECLARES that, accordingly, as from the date of the accession to the Convention by the Government of Niue, the Government of New Zealand ceased to have State responsibility for the observance of the obligations under the Convention in respect of the territory of Niue.
 
“IN WITNESS WHEREOF I have signed this Declaration and have affixed hereto the seal of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of New Zealand at Wellington, this 17th day of September 2018.
 
“[Signature]
“Rt Hon Winston Peters
“Minister of Foreign Affairs”
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