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16 December 1997

TEXT: NATO PROTOCOL ON THE ACCESSION OF POLAND

(Signed December 16, 1997 in Brussels) (320)



(The following protocol to the North Atlantic Treaty on the accession
of Poland was signed December 16, 1997, in Brussels.)


PROTOCOL TO THE NORTH ATLANTIC TREATY ON THE ACCESSION OF THE REPUBLIC
OF POLAND


The Parties to the North Atlantic Treaty, signed at Washington on
April 4, 1949,


Being satisfied that the security of the North Atlantic area will be
enhanced by the accession of the Republic of Poland to that Treaty,


Agree as follows:



Article I



Upon the entry into force of this Protocol, the Secretary General of
the North Atlantic Treaty Organization shall, on behalf of all the
Parties, communicate to the Government of the Republic of Poland an
invitation to accede to the North Atlantic Treaty. In accordance with
article 10 of the Treaty, the Republic of Poland shall become a Party
on the date when it deposits its instrument of accession with the
Government of the United States of America.


Article II



The present Protocol shall enter into force when each of the Parties
to the North Atlantic Treaty has notified the Government of the United
States of America of its acceptance thereof. The Government of the
United States of America shall inform all the Parties to the North
Atlantic Treaty of the date of receipt of each such notification and
of the date of the entry into force of the present Protocol.


Article III



The present Protocol, of which the English and French texts are
equally authentic, shall be deposited in the Archives of the
Government of the United States of America. Duly certified copies
thereof shall be transsmitted by that Government to the Governments of
all the Parties to the North Atlantic Treaty.


In witness whereof, the undersigned plenipotentiaries have signed the
present Protocol.


Signed at Brussels on the 16th day of December 1997.



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