Saturday, September 14, 2013

Syria's instruments of ratification and non-recognition of Israel

It is noteworthy that Syria is the only Arab State that maintains a practice according to which it expressly rules out (implicit) recognition of Israel upon ratification of, or accession to, multilateral treaties or agreements. Syria has always done so in the form of declarations or reservations.

Although Israel is not a State Party to the Chemical Weapons Convention, Syria attached a declaration to its instrument (document) of accession to this Treaty, deposited with the UN Secretary-General, which reads:  “The accession of the Syrian Arab Republic to the Convention shall not in any sense imply recognition of Israel, and shall not entail entering into any relations with Israel in the matters governed by the provisions thereof.”

The official text.

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