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CHAPTER III
PRIVILEGES AND IMMUNITIES, DIPLOMATIC AND CONSULAR RELATIONS, ETC
4 . Optional Protocol to the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, concerning Acquisition of Nationality
Vienna, 18 April 1961
Entry into force
:
24 April 1964, in accordance with article VI.
Registration :
24 June 1964, No. 7311
Status :
Signatories : 18. Parties : 51
Text :
United Nations,  Treaty Series , vol. 500, p. 223.
Note :
See  "Note:" in chapter III.3.
Participant 1
Signature
Ratification, Accession(a), Succession(d)
Argentina
25 Oct 1961
10 Oct 1963
Belgium
   2 May 1968 a
Bosnia and Herzegovina 2
  12 Jan 1994 d
Botswana
  11 Apr 1969 a
Cambodia
  31 Aug 1965 a
Central African Republic
28 Mar 1962
19 Mar 1973
Democratic Republic of the Congo
  15 Jul 1976 a
Denmark
18 Apr 1961
 2 Oct 1968
Dominican Republic
30 Mar 1962
14 Jan 1964
Egypt
   9 Jun 1964 a
Estonia
  21 Oct 1991 a
Finland
20 Oct 1961
 9 Dec 1969
Gabon
   2 Apr 1964 a
Germany 3, 4
28 Mar 1962
11 Nov 1964
Ghana
18 Apr 1961
 
Guinea
  10 Jan 1968 a
Iceland
  18 May 1971 a
India
  15 Oct 1965 a
Indonesia
   4 Jun 1982 a
Iran (Islamic Republic of)
27 May 1961
 3 Feb 1965
Iraq
20 Feb 1962
15 Oct 1963
Italy
13 Mar 1962
25 Jun 1969
Kenya
   1 Jul 1965 a
Lao People's Democratic Republic
   3 Dec 1962 a
Lebanon
18 Apr 1961
 
Liberia
  16 Sep 2005 a
Libya
   7 Jun 1977 a
Madagascar
  31 Jul 1963 a
Malawi
  29 Apr 1980 a
Malaysia
   9 Nov 1965 a
Montenegro 5
  23 Oct 2006 d
Morocco
  23 Feb 1977 a
Myanmar
   7 Mar 1980 a
Nepal
  28 Sep 1965 a
Netherlands 6
   7 Sep 1984 a
New Zealand 7
   5 Sep 2003 a
Nicaragua
   9 Jan 1990 a
Niger
  28 Mar 1966 a
Norway
18 Apr 1961
24 Oct 1967
Oman
  31 May 1974 a
Panama
   4 Dec 1963 a
Paraguay
  23 Dec 1969 a
Philippines
20 Oct 1961
15 Nov 1965
Republic of Korea
30 Mar 1962
 7 Mar 1977
Senegal
18 Apr 1961
 
Serbia 2
  12 Mar 2001 d
Sri Lanka
  31 Jul 1978 a
Suriname
  28 Oct 1992 a
Sweden
18 Apr 1961
21 Mar 1967
Switzerland
  12 Jun 1992 a
Thailand
30 Oct 1961
23 Jan 1985
The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia 2
  18 Aug 1993 d
Tunisia
  24 Jan 1968 a
United Republic of Tanzania
27 Feb 1962
 5 Nov 1962
Declarations and Reservations
(Unless otherwise indicated, the declarations and reservations were made
upon ratification, accession or succession. For objections thereto, see hereinafter.)
Netherlands

Declaration:
       "The Kingdom of the Netherlands interprets the words "not, solely by the operation of the law of the receiving State" in article II of the Optional Protocol concerning Acquisition of Nationality as meaning that acquisition of nationality by descent is not regarded as acquisition of nationality solely by the operation of this law."

Objections
(Unless otherwise indicated, the objections were made
upon ratification, accession or succession.)
Thailand
       
[See chapter III.3.]


End Note
1.Signed on behalf of the Republic of China on 18 April 1961.  See also note 1 under "China" in the "Historical Information" section in the front matter of this volume.

In communications addressed to the Secretary-General with reference to the above-mentioned signature and/or ratification, the Permanent Representatives of the Permanent Missions to the United  of Bulgaria, the Byelorussian SSR, Mongolia, Pakistan, Poland, Romania, the Ukrainian SSR and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics stated that their Governments considered the said signature and/or ratification as null and void, since the so-called "Government of China" had no right to speak or assume obligations on behalf of China, there being only one Chinese State, the People's Republic of China, and one Government entitled to represent it, the Government of the People's Republic of China.

In letters addressed to the Secretary-General in regard to the above-mentioned communications, the Permanent Representative of China to the United Nations stated that the Republic of China, a sovereign State and Member of the United Nations, had attended the 1961 Conference on Diplomatic Intercourse and Immunities, contributed to the formulation of the Convention concerned, signed the Convention and duly deposited the instrument of ratification thereof, and that "any statements and reservations relating to the above-mentioned Convention that are incompatible with or derogatory to the legitimate position of the Government of the Republic of China shall in no way affect the rights and obligations of the Republic of China under this Convention".

The instrument of accession deposited on behalf of the Government of China on 25 November 1975 contained the following declaration:

The "signature" on and "ratification" of this Convention by the Chiang Kai-shek clique usurping the name of China are illegal and null and void.

2.The former Yugoslavia had signed and ratified the Convention on 18 April 1961 and 1 April 1963, respectively. See also note 1 under “Bosnia and Herzegovina”, “Croatia”, “former Yugoslavia”, “Slovenia”, “The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” and “Yugoslavia” in the “Historical Information” section in the front matter of this volume.
3.See note 2 under “Germany” in the “Historical Information” section in the front matter of this volume.
4.See note 1 under “Germany”  regarding Berlin (West) in the “Historical Information” section in the front matter of this volume.
5.See note 1 under “Montenegro” in the “Historical Information” section in the front matter of this volume.
6.For the Kingdom in Europe and the Netherlands Antilles. See also notes 1 and 2 under  “Netherlands” regarding Aruba/Netherlands Antilles in the “Historical Information” section in the front matter of this volume.
7.With a territorial exclusion in respect of the Tokelau Islands:

“Declares that, consistent with the constitutional status of Tokelau and taking into account the commitment of the Government of New Zealand to the development of self-government for Tokelau through an act of self-determination under the Charter of the United Nations, this accession shall not extend to Tokelau unless and until a Declaration to this effect is lodged by the Government of New Zealand with the Depositary on the basis of appropriate consultation with that territory."