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U.S. Department of State
96/08/26 Treaty Actions 
Office of Legal Adviser

Treaty Actions


Multilateral 
 
Biological Weapons 
Convention on the prohibition of the development, production, and 
stockpiling of bacteriological (biological) and toxin weapons and on 
their destruction. Done at Washington, London, and Moscow Apr. 10, 1972. 
Entered into force Mar. 26, 1975. TIAS 8062; 26 UST 583. 
Accession: Georgia, May 22, 1996. 
 
Defense 
Memorandum of understanding among the United States, Canada, France, and 
Norway concerning a feasibility study for a NATO influence minesweeping 
system (NIMS), with annexes. Signed at Haakonsvern, Ottawa, Paris, and 
Washington Dec. 4 and 5, 1995, Mar. 11, and June 3, 1996. Entered into 
force June 3, 1996. 
 
Memorandum of understanding among the United States, France, Italy, 
Norway, and the United Kingdom covering a feasibility study for a NATO 
submarine rescue system (NSRS). Signed at Bristol, Oslo, Washington, 
Rome, and Paris Feb. 21 and 29, Mar. 15 and 22, and June 12, 1996. 
Entered into force June 12, 1996. 
 
Memorandum of understanding among the United States, Canada, France, 
Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom covering 
subphase two of the design and development phase of the NATO improved 
link eleven (NILE) project, with annex and related letter. Signed at 
Quebec, Bristol, Rome, Bonn, The Hague, Washington, and Paris May 24, 
June 5, 6, 11, and July 2 and 8, 1996. Entered into force July 2, 1996. 
 
Narcotics 
United Nations convention against illicit traffic in narcotic drugs and 
psychotropic substances, with annex and final act. Done at Vienna Dec. 
20, 1988. Entered into force Nov. 11, 1990. [Senate] Treaty Doc. 101-4. 
Accession: Belize, July 24, 1996. 
 
North Atlantic Treaty 
Agreement among the states parties to the North Atlantic Treaty and 
other states participating in the Partnership for Peace regarding the 
status of their forces. Done at Brussels June 19, 1995. Entered into 
force Jan. 13, 1996. 
 
Additional protocol to the agreement among the States Parties to the 
North Atlantic Treaty and the other States participating in the 
Partnership for Peace regarding the status of their forces. Done at 
Brussels June 19, 1995. Entered into force June 1, 19961. 
Signatures: Kazakstan, July 31, 1996; Uzbekistan, July 24, 1996. 
Ratification: Estonia, Aug. 7, 1996. 
 
Prisoner Transfers 
Convention on the transfer of sentenced persons. Done at Strasbourg Mar. 
21, 1983. Entered into force July 1, 1985. TIAS 10824. 
Ratification: Lithuania, May 24, 1996. 
 
Bilateral 
 
Albania 
Express mail agreement, with detailed regulations. Signed at Tirana and 
Washington June 26 and July 15, 1996. Enters into force Sept. 15, 1996. 
 
Australia 
Memorandum of understanding for the production of the offboard active 
decoy Nulka, with annexes. Signed at Washington June 25, 1996. Entered 
into force June 25, 1996. 
 
Belarus 
Agreement regarding cooperation to facilitate the provision of 
assistance. Signed at Minsk July 18, 1996. Enters into force July 18, 
1996, provisionally; definitively, when each party has notified the 
other of the completion of required procedures. 
 
Agreement relating to the employment of dependents of official 
government employees. Effected by exchange of notes at Washington June 
14 and July 26, 1996. Entered into force July 26, 1996. 
 
Cameroon 
Agreement regarding the consolidation and rescheduling of certain debts 
owed to, guaranteed by, or insured by the United States Government and 
its agencies, with annexes. Signed at Yaounde May 6, 1996. Entered into 
force July 31, 1996. 
 
Costa Rica 
Basic exchange and cooperative agreement for topographic mapping, 
nautical and aeronautical charting and information, geodesy and 
geophysics, digital data and related mapping, charting, and geodesy 
materials, with glossary. Signed at San Jose and Fairfax June 14 and 
July 2, 1996. Entered into force July 2, 1996. 
 
Gabon 
Agreement regarding the consolidation and rescheduling of certain debts 
owed to, guaranteed by, or insured by the United States Government and 
its agencies, with annexes. Signed at Libreville June 17, 1996. Entered 
into force Aug. 12, 1996. 
 
Guatemala 
Basic exchange and cooperative agreement for topographic mapping, 
nautical and aeronautical charting and information, geodesy and 
geophysics, digital data and related mapping, charting, and geodesy 
materials, with glossary. Signed at Guatemala and Fairfax June 7 and   
July 2, 1996. Entered into force July 2, 1996. 
 
Indonesia 
Protocol amending the convention of July 11, 1988, for the avoidance of 
double taxation and prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes 
on income. Signed at Jakarta July 24, 1996. Enters into force on the 
date of exchange of instruments of ratification. 
 
Israel 
Counterterrorism cooperation accord. Signed at Washington Apr. 30, 1996. 
Entered into force July 29, 1996. 
 
Japan 
Agreement amending the memorandum of understanding  of Oct. 14 and 25, 
1994, for cooperation in the Advanced Earth Observing Satellite (ADEOS) 
Program. Signed at Tokyo and Washington June 4 and 10, 1996. Entered 
into force June 10, 1996. 
 
Kazakstan 
Agreement relating to the employment of dependents of official 
government employees. Effected by exchange of notes at Washington May 23 
and June 3, 1996. Entered into force June 3, 1996. 
 
Latvia 
Agreement relating to the employment of dependents of official 
government employees. Effected by exchange of notes at Riga Apr. 24 and 
July 16, 1996. Entered into force July 16, 1996. 
 
Macau 
Air transport agreement, with annexes. Signed at Macau July 3, 1996. 
Entered into force July 3, 1996. 
 
Norway 
Memorandum of understanding for the composite hull embedded sensor 
system (CHESS), with annex. Signed at Washington and Kjeller June 6 and 
24, 1996. Entered into force June 24, 1996. 
 
Portugal 
Agreement regarding mutual assistance between customs services. Signed 
at Washington Sept. 15, 1994, with memorandum of understanding 
concerning charter air transportation. Signed at Washington July 23, 
1996. Entered into force July 23, 1996. 
 
Sierra Leone 
Agreement regarding the consolidation and rescheduling of certain debts 
owed to, guaranteed by, or insured by the United States Government, with 
annexes. Signed at Freetown Aug. 7, 1996. Enters into force following 
receipt by Sierra Leone of written notice from the United States that 
all necessary domestic legal requirements for entry into force have been 
fulfilled. 
 
South Africa 
Air transport agreement, with annex and memorandum of understanding 
concerning charter air transportation. Signed at Washington July 23, 
1996. Entered into force July 23, 1996. 
 
St. Kitts and Nevis 
Agreement amending the agreement of Apr. 13, 1995, concerning maritime 
counter-drug operations. Effected by exchange of notes at Bridgetown and 
Basseterre June 27, 1996. Entered into force June 27, 1996. 
 
Sweden 
Memorandum of understanding for cooperative sounding rocket activities. 
Signed at Washington and Stockholm May 17 and June 10, 1996. Entered 
into force June 10, 1996. 
 
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1 Not in force for the U.S. 
 
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