United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: Ratification of Biological Weapons Convention

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Government of the United Kingdom
26 March 1975

The United Kingdom ratification was in respect of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland,Dominica and Territories under the territorial sovereignty of the United Kingdom, as well as the State of Brunei, the British Solomon Islands Protectorate and, within the limits of United Kingdom jurisdiction therein, the Condominium of the New Hebrides.

Ceased to apply to Hong Kong wef 1 July 1997. Applies to Hong Kong (SAR) wef 1 July 1997.

In a statement dated 27 April 1972, communicated to all States recognised by the United Kingdom, Her Majesty's Government recalled their view that if a regime is not recognised as the Government of a State, neither signature nor the deposit of any instrument by it, nor notification of any of those acts will bring about recognition of that regime by any other State. On depositing their instrument of ratification the Government of the United Kingdom made the following declaration:  "..that the provisions of the Convention shall not apply in regard to Southern Rhodesia unless and until the Government of the United Kingdom informs the other Depositary Governments that it is in a position to ensure that the obligations imposed by the Convention in respect of that territory can be fully implemented"

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