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Antarctic Treaty Act 1967

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1The present Treaty shall be subject to ratification by the signatory States. It shall be open for accession by any State which is a Member of the United Nations, or by any other State which may be invited to accede to the Treaty with the consent of all the Contracting Parties whose representatives are entitled to participate in the meetings provided for under Article IX of the Treaty.

(a)information regarding plans for scientific programmes in Antarctica shall be exchanged to permit maximum economy and efficiency of operations ;

(b)scientific personnel shall be exchanged in Antarctica between expeditions and stations ;

(c)scientific observations and results from Antarctica shall be exchanged and made freely available.

(a)a renunciation by any Contracting Party of previously asserted rights of or claims to territorial sovereignty in Antarctica;

(b)a renunciation or diminution by any Contracting Party of any basis of claim to territorial sovereignty in Antarctica which it may have whether as a result of its activities or those of its nationals in Antarctica, or otherwise;

(c)prejudicing the position of any Contracting Party as regards its recognition or non-recognition of any other State's right of or claim or basis of claim to territorial sovereignty in Antarctica.

(a)use of Antarctica for peaceful purposes only ;

(b)facilitation of scientific research in Antarctica ;

(c)facilitation of international scientific co-operation in Antarctica ;

(d)facilitation of the exercise of the rights of inspection provided for in Article VII of the Treaty ;

(e)questions relating to the exercise of jurisdiction in Antarctica;

(f)preservation and conservation of living resources in Antarctica.

(b)Such modification or amendment shall thereafter enter into-force as to any other Contracting Party when notice of ratification by it has been received by the depositary Government. Any such Contracting Party from which no notice of ratification is received within a period of two years from the date of entry into force of the modification or amendment in accordance with the provisions of sub-paragraph 1 (a) of this Article shall be deemed to have withdrawn from the present Treaty on the date of the expiration of such period.

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