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1. This Protocol shall be subject to acceptance by Contracting States in accordance with this article.
2. This Protocol shall be deemed to have been accepted six months from the date of its adoption unless, prior to that date, objections to acceptance have been communicated to the Secretary-General by not less than one-third of the States which are Contracting States on that date.
3. An objection to acceptance under paragraph 2 may be withdrawn at any time prior to the date of deemed acceptance in accordance with that paragraph.
4. Contracting States may also indicate their consent to be bound by this Protocol by signing it without reservation as to ratification, acceptance, or approval, or by depositing the appropriate instrument with the Secretary-General at any time prior to the expiry of the six-month period specified in paragraph 2.
1. This Protocol shall enter into force three months after the date on which it is deemed to have been accepted in accordance with paragraph 2 of Article 3.
2. Upon its entry into force this Protocol shall apply to all Contracting States with the exception of those Contracting States which, at least three months before the date of entry into force, have declared that they do not wish to be bound by it.
3. A declaration made under paragraph 2 may be withdrawn at any time prior to the entry into force of this Protocol.
4. A Contracting State which has made a declaration under paragraph 2 and which does not withdraw the declaration prior to the date of entry into force of this Protocol shall be deemed to have denounced the Convention. Such denunciation shall take effect on the date of entry into force of this Protocol, or such earlier date as may be specified by the Contracting State in a communication to the Secretary-General.
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