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1997 Treaty Actions

December

MULTILATERAL

War, Prevention of
Convention for the Pacific settlement of international disputes. Signed at The Hague
July 29, 1899. Entered into force Sept. 4, 1900.
Accession: Croatia, Oct. 2, 1998; effective Oct. 8, 1991.

Convention for the Pacific settlement of international disputes. Signed at The Hague Oct. 18, 1907. Entered into force Jan. 26, 1910.
Accession: South Africa, Oct. 22, 1998.

BILATERAL

Colombia
Agreement for cooperation in the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program, with appendices. Signed at Washington Oct. 28, 1998. Entered into force Oct. 28, 1998.

Czech Republic
Agreement for scientific and technological cooperation, with annexes. Signed at Prague June 11, 1998. Entered into force Sept. 30, 1998.

Egypt
Agreement amending the grant agreement of Sept. 28, 1995, as amended, for the Agricultural Policy Reform Program. Signed at Cairo Sept. 29, 1998. Entered into force Sept. 29, 1998.

Agreement amending the grant agreement of Sept. 29, 1994, as amended, for Power Sector Support II. Signed at Cairo Sept. 30, 1998. Entered into force Sept. 30, 1998.

Agreement amending the grant agreement of Sept. 29, 1993, as amended, for Telecommunications Sector Support. Signed at Cairo Sept. 30, 1998. Entered into force Sept. 30, 1998.

Japan
Agreement amending the memorandum of understanding of Sept. 29, 1992 for a Ducted Rocket Engine Cooperative Research and Development Program. Signed at Tokyo and Washington Sept. 23 and 29, 1998. Entered into force Sept. 29, 1998.

Jordan
Agreement amending the grant agreement of June 26, 1997, as amended, for the increased economic opportunities for Jordanians strategic objective, with annex. Signed at Amman Aug. 10, 1998. Entered into force Aug. 10, 1998.

Korea
Memorandum of understanding concerning the sanitary control of fresh frozen mulluscan shellfish destined for exportation from Korea to the United States, with annex. Signed at Rockville and Washington Oct. 28, 1998. Entered into force Oct. 28, 1998.

Macedonia
Acquisition and cross-servicing agreement, with attachment. Effected by exchange of notes at Skopje July 27 and Sept. 23, 1998. Entered into force Sept. 23, 1998.

Nicaragua
Agreement regarding the consolidation, reduction, and rescheduling of certain debts owed to, guaranteed by, or insured by the United States Government and its agencies, with annexes. Signed at Managua Oct. 20, 1998. Entered into force following signature and receipt by Nicaragua of written notice from U.S. that all necessary domestic legal requirements have been fulfilled.

Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty
Tax reimbursement agreement, with annex. Signed at Washington Oct. 21, 1998. Entered into force Oct. 21, 1998.

Russia
Agreement on the Nuclear Cities Initiative, with annex. Signed at Vienna Sept. 22, 1998. Entered into force Sept. 22, 1998.

Sri Lanka
Agreement concerning a full and final settlement of the investment dispute between Enterprise Development International, Inc., formerly Enterprise Development Inc., and the Sri Lanka State Timber Corporation relating to Charlanka Company Ltd. Effected by exchange of notes at Washington Oct. 30, 1998. Entered into force Oct. 30, 1998.

Thailand
Agreement concerning an International Law Enforcement Academy. Signed at Bangkok Sept. 30, 1998. Entered into force Sept. 30, 1998.

Ukraine
Memorandum of understanding concerning scientific and technical cooperation in the earth sciences. Signed at Reston and Kiev Aug. 13 and Sept. 17, 1998. Entered into force Sept. 17, 1998.


November

MULTILATERAL

Arbitration
Convention on the recognition and enforcement of foreign arbitral awards. Done at New York June 10, 1958. Entered into force June 7, 1959; for the U.S., Dec. 29, 1970.
Accessions: Lao People's Democratic Republic, June 17, 1998; Mozambique, June 11, 1998.1

Chemical Weapons
Convention on the prohibition of the development, production, stockpiling, and use of chemical weapons and on their destruction, with annexes. Done at Paris Jan. 13, 1993. Entered into force Apr. 29, 1997. [Senate] Treaty Doc. 103-21, l03rd Cong., lst Sess.
Ratifications: Malawi, June 11, 1998; Senegal, July 20, 1998.

Environment--Climate Change
Amendments to Annex I of the Framework Convention on Climate Change of May 9, 1992. Adopted at Kyoto Dec. 11, 1997. Entered into force Aug. 13, 1998.

North Atlantic Treaty Organization
Agreement between the parties to the North Atlantic Treaty for the security of information, with annexes. Done at Brussels Mar. 6, 1997. Entered into force Aug. 16, 1998.
Ratification: Canada, July 17, 1998.

Agreement to implement paragraph 1 of article 45 of the agreement of August 3, 1959, as amended, to supplement the agreement between the parties to the North Atlantic Treaty regarding the status of their forces with respect to foreign forces stationed in the Federal Republic of Germany. Done at Bonn Mar. 18, 1993.2
Acceptance: Germany, June 23, 1998.

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, 1996.3
Ratification: Germany, Sept. 24, 1998.4

Further 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 Dec. 19, 1997.2
Signature: Latvia, Aug. 18, 1998.

BILATERAL

Bangladesh
Agreement regarding the status of United States armed forces visiting Bangladesh. Effected by exchange of notes at Dhaka Aug. 10 and 24, 1998. Entered into force Aug. 24, 1998.

Barbados
Agreement concerning cooperation in suppressing illicit maritime drug trafficking. Signed at Bridgetown June 25, 1997. Entered into force Oct. 11, 1998.

Bulgaria
Agreement for cooperation in the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program, with appendices. Signed at Sofia Sept. 8, 1998. Entered into force Sept. 8, 1998.

Egypt
Results package grant agreement for the Private Sector Commodity Import Program (PRCIP). Signed at Cairo Sept. 3, 1998. Entered into force Sept. 3, 1998.

Agreement amending the results package grant agreement of Sept. 30, 1996 for Sector Policy Reform III. Signed at Cairo Sept. 23, 1998. Entered into force Sept. 23, 1998.

Agreement amending the grant agreement of Sept. 29, 1994, as amended for the Secondary Cities Project. Signed at Cairo Sept. 23, 1998. Entered into force Sept. 23, 1998.

European Community
Agreement for scientific and technological cooperation, with annex. Signed at Washington Dec. 5, 1997. Entered into force Oct. 14, 1998.

Japan
Agreement amending the 1986 agreement on maritime search and rescue (TIAS 11413). Effected by exchange of notes at Washington Sept. 30, 1998. Entered into force Sept. 30, 1998.

Kuwait
Basic exchange and cooperative agreement for geospatial information and services. Signed at Washington and Kuwait Aug. 7, 1998. Entered into force Aug. 7, 1998.

Oman
Agreement amending and extending the agreement of Dec. 13, 1993 and Jan. 15, 1994, as amended and extended, relating to trade in textiles and textile products, with attachment. Effected by exchange of notes at Muscat June 13 and Aug. 3, 1998. Entered into force Aug. 3, 1998; effective Jan. 1, 1998.

Russia
Agreement for promotion of aviation safety. Signed at Moscow Sept. 2, 1998. Entered into force Sept. 2, 1998.

Memorandum of understanding on cooperation in the field of civil aircraft accident/incident investigation and prevention. Signed at Moscow Sept. 2, 1998. Entered into force Sept. 2, 1998.

Sao Tome and Principe
Investment incentive agreement. Signed at Washington Sept. 10, 1998. Entered into force Sept. 10, 1998.

Sri Lanka
Agreement regarding grants under the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as amended, and the furnishing of defense services from the United States of America to the Government of Sri Lanka. Effected by exchange of notes at Colombo July 23 and Aug. 4, 1998. Entered into force Aug. 4, 1998.

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1 With declaration(s).
2 Not in force.
3 Not in force for the U.S.
4 With understanding(s).

October

MULTILATERAL

Chemical Weapons
Convention on the prohibition of the development, production, stockpiling, and use of chemical weapons and on their destruction, with annexes. Done at Paris Jan. 13, 1993. Entered into force Apr. 29, 1997. [Senate] Treaty Doc. 103-21, 103rd Cong., lst Sess.
Ratifications: Benin, May 14, 1998; Gambia, May 19, 1998; Lithuania, Apr. 15, 1998.

Children
Convention on the protection of children and cooperation in respect of intercountry adoption. Done at The Hague May 29, 1993. Entered into force May 1, 19951. Ratifications: Colombia, July 13, 1998; France, June 30, 1998.

North Atlantic Treaty Organization
Protocol amending the security annex to the agreement between the parties to the North Atlantic Treaty for Cooperation regarding atomic information. Done at Brussels June 2, 19982.
Signatures: Denmark, June 5, 1998; Germany, June 10, 1998.

Agreement between the parties to the North Atlantic Treaty for the security of information. Done at Brussels Mar. 6, 1997. Entered into force Aug. 16, 1998. Ratifications: Belgium, July 17, 1998; United States of America, June 24, 1998.

Protocol to the North Atlantic Treaty on the accession of the Czech Republic. Signed at Brussels Dec. 16, 19972. [Senate] Treaty Doc. 105-36, 105th Cong., 2d. Sess.

Protocol to the North Atlantic Treaty on the accession of Hungary. Signed at Brussels Dec. 16, 19972. [Senate] Treaty Doc. 105-36, 105th Cong., 2d Sess.

Protocol to the North Atlantic Treaty on the accession of Poland. Signed at Brussels at Brussels Dec. 16, 19972. [Senate] Treaty Doc. 105-36, 105th Cong., 2d Sess.
Acceptances: Belgium, Sept. 14, 1998; Iceland, Aug 25, 1998; Luxembourg, July 24, 1998; Spain, July 29, 1998; United Kingdom, Aug. 17, 1998.
Ratifications: France, July 15, 1998; Germany, Apr. 24, 1998; Greece, July 31, 1998; Italy, Sept. 23, 1998; Spain, July 29, 1998; United States of America, Aug. 20, 1998.

BILATERAL

Benin
Agreement regarding the provision of commodities, services, and related training to assist the Republic of Beninâs forces participating in the African Crisis Response Initiative. Effected by exchange of notes at Cotonou June 24 and July 23, 1998. Entered into force July 23, 1998.

Agreement regarding the status of U.S. military personnel and civilian employees of the U.S. Department of Defense temporarily present in Benin in connection with the African Crisis Response Initiative and other activities. Effected by exchange of notes at Cotonou June 24 and July 29, 1998. Entered into force July 29, 1998.

Canada
Agreement amending Annex IV to the treaty concerning Pacific salmon of Jan. 28, 1985 (TIAS 11091), with attachment. Effected by exchange of notes at Washington July 24 and Aug. 12, 1998. Entered into force Aug. 12, 1998.

China
Agreement extending the agreement of Dec. 15, 1988 (TIAS 12026), as amended and extended, on maritime transport. Effected by exchange of notes at Washington June 22 and July 20, 1988. Entered into force July 20, 1998.

Finland
Acquisition and cross-servicing agreement, with annex. Signed at Helsinki and Stuttgart June 25 and July 25, 1998. Entered into force July 25, 1998.

Greece
Agreement extending the air transport agreement of July 31, 1991, as extended. Effected by exchange of notes at Athens July 24 and 29, 1998. Entered into force July 29, 1998.

Russia
Agreement on scientific and technical cooperation in the management of plutonium that has been withdrawn from nuclear military programs, with annex. Signed at Moscow July 24, 1998. Entered into force July 24, 1998.

Ukraine
Agreement concerning the International Radioecology Laboratory of the International Chornobyl Center on Nuclear Safety, Radioactive Waste and Radioecology, with annex. Signed at Kiev July 22, 1998. Entered into force July 22, 1998.

Agreement extending the agreement of Oct. 25, 1993, concerning operational safety enhancements, risk reduction measures, and nuclear safety regulation for civilian nuclear facilities in Ukraine. Effected by exchange of notes at Kiev July 22, 1998. Entered into force July 22, 1998.

Agreement on trade in textiles and apparel, with annexes. Signed at Kiev July 22, 1998. Entered into force July 22, 1998; effective Dec. 1, 1994.

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1 Not in force for the U.S.
2 Not in force.

September

MULTILATERAL
Arbitration
Convention on the recognition and enforcement of foreign arbitral awards. Done at New York June 10, 1958. Entered into force June 7, 1959; for the U.S. Dec. 29, 1970. 21 UST 2517; TIAS 6997.
Ratification: El Salvador, Feb. 26, 1998.
Accession: Nepal, Mar. 4, 1998.
Pollution÷Ships
1996 amendments to the international code for the construction and equipment of ships carrying dangerous chemicals in bulk (IBC Code) of the international convention for the prevention of pollution from ships, 1973, as modified by the protocol of 1978. Adopted at London July 10, 1996. Entered into force July 1, 1998.

1996 amendments to the code for the construction and equipment of ships carrying dangerous chemicals in bulk (BCH Code) of the protocol of 1978 relating to the international convention for the prevention of pollution from ships, 1973. Adopted at London July 10, 1996. Entered into force July 1, 1998.

1996 amendments to the annex to the protocol relating to intervention on the high seas in cases of pollution by substances other than oil, 1973 (TIAS 10561). Adopted at London July 10, 1996. Entered into force Dec. 16, 1997.

Prisoner Transfer
Convention on the transfer of sentenced persons. Done at Strasbourg Mar. 21, 1983. Entered into force July 1, 1985.
Signature: Albania, May 19, 1998.
Safety at Sea
Amendments to the international code for the construction and equipment of ships carrying liquefied gases in bulk (IGC Code) of the international convention for the safety of life at sea, 1974, as amended. Adopted at London May 23, 1994. Entered into force July 1, 1998.

Amendments to the international convention for the safety of life at sea, 1974, as amended. Adopted at London May 23, 1994. Entered into force July 1, 1998.

Amendments to the international convention for the safety of life at sea, 1974, as amended. Adopted at London May 24, 1994. Entered into force July 1, 1998.

Amendments to the international code for the construction and equipment of ships carrying dangerous chemicals in bulk (IBC Code) of the international convention for the safety of life at sea, 1974, as amended. Adopted at London June 4, 1996. Entered into force July 1, 1998.

Amendments to the guidelines on the enhanced program of inspections during surveys of bulk carriers and oil tankers of the international convention for the safety of life at sea, 1974, as amended. Adopted at London June 4, 1996. Entered into force July 1, 1998.

Amendments to the international convention for the safety of life at sea, 1974, as amended. Adopted at London June 4, 1996. Entered into force July 1, 1998.

International Life-Saving Appliance (LSA) Code of the international convention for the safety of life at sea, 1974, as amended. Adopted at London June 4, 1996. Entered into force July 1, 1998.

Terrorism
International convention against the taking of hostages. Adopted by the UN General Assembly Dec. 17, 1979. Entered into force June 3, 1983; for the U.S. Jan. 6, 1985. TIAS 11081.
Succession: Macedonia, Mar. 12, 1998.
Accession: Mauritania, Mar. 13, 1998.
BILATERAL

Belgium
Memorandum of agreement concerning assistance in developing and modernizing Belgiumâs civil aviation infrastructure. Signed at Washington and Brussels June 19 and July 30, 1998. Entered into force July 30, 1998.
Bulgaria
Agreement concerning economic, technical, and related assistance. Signed at Sofia July 27, 1998. Enters into force upon the first day of the first month after the exchange of diplomatic notes confirming that parties have completed their respective requirements.
Cameroon
Agreement regarding the consolidation, reduction, and rescheduling of certain debts owed to, guaranteed by, or insured by the United States Government and its agencies, with annexes. Signed at Yaounde July 29, 1998. Enters into force upon receipt by Cameroon of written notice from the U.S. that all necessary domestic legal requirements for entry into force have been fulfilled.
China
Agreement concerning the United States [Peace Corps] volunteer program in China. Signed at Beijing June 29, 1998. Entered into force June 29, 1998.

Agreement on cooperation concerning peaceful uses of nuclear technologies, with annex. Signed at Beijing June 29, 1998. Entered into force June 29, 1998.

Germany
Arrangement relating to the status of troop care enterprises and their employees under Art. 72, para. 4 of the Supplementary Agreement of Aug. 3, 1959 to the NATO Status of Forces Agreement, with related letters. Effected by exchange of notes at Bonn Mar. 27, 1998. Entered into force Mar. 27, 1998.

Arrangement regarding the application of Article 73 of the Supplementary Agreement of Aug. 3, 1959 to the NATO Status of Forces Agreement, with related letters. Effected by exchange of notes at Bonn Mar. 27, 1998. Entered into force Mar. 27, 1998.

Hungary
Agreement extending the annex to the air transport agreement of July 12, 1989, as extended. Effected by exchange of notes at Washington Apr. 27 and June 18, 1998. Entered into force June 18, 1998.
Japan
Agreement concerning cooperation on the Mars Exploration PLANET-B Program, with memorandum of understanding. Effected by exchange of notes at Washington June 29, 1998. Entered into force June 29, 1998.
Korea
Air transport agreement, with annexes. Signed at Washington June 9, 1998. Entered into force June 9, 1998.

Investment incentive agreement. Signed at Washington July 30, 1998. Entered into force July 30, 1998.

Mexico
Memorandum of understanding on cooperation in the identification, conservation, management, and research in cultural heritage sites. Signed at Washington June 10, 1998. Entered into force June 10, 1998.

Memorandum of understanding concerning biodiversity conservation cooperation particularly in forest resources. Signed at Washington June 10, 1998. Entered into force June 10, 1998.

Mozambique
Agreement relating to the employment of dependents of official government employees. Effected by exchange of notes at Washington June 29 and July 14, 1998. Entered into force July 14, 1998.
Netherlands
Agreement relating to air transportation between the United States and Aruba, with annexes. Signed at Washington Sept. 19, 1997. Entered into force June 11, 1998.
Norway
Basic exchange and cooperative agreement concerning geospatial information and services cooperation. Signed at Oslo July 8, 1998. Entered into force July 8, 1998.
Slovenia
Agreement relating to the employment of dependents of official government employees. Effected by exchange of notes at Ljubljana Apr. 30 and May 8, 1998. Entered into force June 10, 1998.
Sri Lanka
Agreement amending the agreement of Aug. 29, 1964, for financing certain educational exchange programs. Effected by exchange of notes at Colombo June 23 and Aug. 13, 1998. Entered into force Aug. 13, 1998.
Switzerland
Agreement for cooperation concerning peaceful uses of atomic energy, with agreed minute and annexes. Signed at Bern Oct. 31, 1997. Entered into force June 23, 1998. [House Document 105-184, 105th Cong., 2nd Sess.]
United Kingdom
Memorandum of understanding concerning cooperation in the development, production, and follow-on support of an Armored Scout and Reconnaissance Vehicle (ASRV) system, with annexes. Signed at Washington and Bristol Feb. 26 and July 7, 1998. Entered into force July 7, 1998.
United Nations
Agreement extending the agreement of Oct. 18, 1994, as amended and extended, for the contribution of personnel to the international criminal tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. Effected by exchange of letters at New York June 29, 1998. Entered into force June 29, 1998.
Venezuela
Memorandum of agreement concerning assistance in developing and modernizing Venezuelaâs civil aviation infrastructure. Signed at Washington June 29, 1998. Entered into force June 29, 1998.
Yemen
Agreement regarding consolidation and rescheduling of certain debts owed to, guaranteed by, or insured by the United States Government and its agency, with annexes. Signed at Sanaa May 19, 1998. Entered into force Aug. 10, 1998.

August

MULTILATERAL
Judicial Procedure
Convention abolishing the requirement of legalization for foreign public documents; with annex. Done at The Hague Oct. 5, 1961. Entered into force Jan. 24, 1965; for the United States Oct. 15, 1981. 33 UST 883; TIAS 10072.
Accessions: Czech Republic, June 23, 1998; Niue, June 10, 1998; Venezuela, July 1, 1998.
Convention on the taking of evidence abroad in civil or commercial matters. Opened for signature at The Hague Mar. 18, 1970. Entered into force Oct. 7, 1971. 23 UST 2555; TIAS 7444.
Accessions: China, Dec. 8, 19971, 2; South Africa, July 8, 19971, 2.
Pollution
Adjustments to the Montreal protocol of Sept. 16, 1987 on substances that deplete the ozone layer. Adopted at Montreal Sept. 15-17, 1997. Entered into force June 5, 1998.
Postal
Postal parcels agreement with final protocol. Done at Seoul Sept. 14, 1994. Entered into force Jan. 1, 1996. Entered into force for the U.S. May 20, 1998.
Money orders agreement. Done at Seoul Sept. 14, 1994. Entered into force Jan. 1, 1996. Entered into force for the U.S. May 20, 1998.
BILATERAL
Argentina
Agreement concerning the provision of satellite facilities and the transmission and reception of signals to and from satellites for the provision of satellite services to users in the United States of America and the Argentine Republic, with protocol. Signed at Washington June 5, 1998. Entered into force June 5, 1998.
Bulgaria
Basic exchange and cooperative agreement for topographic mapping, nautical, and aeronautical charting, safety to flight and sea navigation information, geodesy and gravimetrics, digital data, and related global geospatial information and services, with annexes. Signed at Washington May 13, 1998. Entered into force May 13, 1998.
Cote d'Ivoire
Investment incentive agreement. Signed at Washington July 13, 1998. Enters into force on date on which Cote dâIvoire notifies the U.S. that all legal requirements have been fulfilled.
Agreement regarding the consolidation, reduction, and rescheduling of certain debts owed to, guaranteed by, or insured by the United States Government and its agencies, with annexes. Signed at Washington July 29, 1998. Enters into force upon receipt by Cote dâIvoire of written notice from the U.S. that all necessary domestic legal requirements have been fulfilled.
Czech Republic
Agreement for scientific and technological cooperation, with annexes. Signed at Prague June 11, 1998. Enters into force upon exchange of diplomatic notes confirming that parties have completed their respective internal requirements necessary for entry into force.
Ethiopia
Agreement on civil aviation safety and security. Effected by exchange of notes at Addis Ababa May 29 and June 2, 1998. Entered into force June 2, 1998.
European Communities
Agreement on the application of positive comity principles in the enforcement of their competition laws. Signed at Brussels and Washington June 3 and 4, 1998. Entered into force June 4, 1998.
Guinea
Agreement for cooperation in the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program, with appendices. Signed at Conakry May 14, 1998. Entered into force May 14, 1998.
Haiti
Investment incentive agreement. Signed at Port-au-Prince June 29, 1998. Entered into force June 29, 1998.
Ireland
Agreement regarding mutual assistance between their customs administrations. Signed at Dublin Sept. 16, 1996. Entered into force May 21, 1998.
Japan
Agreement concerning a program for the cooperative research of advanced hybrid propulsion technologies. Effected by exchange of notes at Tokyo May 26, 1998. Entered into force May 26, 1998.
Agreement concerning a cash contribution by Japan for administrative and related expenses arising from implementation of the mutual defense agreement. Effected by exchange of notes at Tokyo May 29, 1998. Entered into force May 29, 1998.
Mexico
Minute No. 298 of the International Boundary and Water Commission concerning recommendations for construction of works parallel to the city of Tijuana, B.C. wastewater pumping and disposal system and rehabilitation of the San Antonio de los Buenos treatment plant. Signed at El Paso Dec. 2, 1997. Entered into force Jan. 23, 1998.
Mozambique
Agreement relating to the employment of dependents of official government employees. Effected by exchange of notes at Washington June 29 and July 14, 1998. Entered into force July 14, 1998.
Netherlands
Memorandum of understanding concerning technology research and development projects, with annex. Signed at Washington May 14, 1998. Entered into force May 14, 1998.
Philippines
Agreement amending the strategic objective grant agreement for the integrated family planning maternal health program, as amended. Signed at Manila June 11, 1998. Entered into force June 11, 1998.
Agreement amending the strategic objective grant agreement for the AIDS surveillance and education program, as amended. Signed at Manila June 11, 1998. Entered into force June 11, 1998.
Romania
Agreement on cooperation in science and technology, with annexes. Signed at Washington July 15, 1998. Enters into force upon exchange of diplomatic notes confirming parties have completed their respective internal requirements.
Russia
Agreement amending the agreement of May 25, 1972 on the prevention of incidents on and over the high seas. Effected by exchange of notes at Moscow Oct. 12, 1997 and May 28, 1998. Entered into force May 28, 1998.
Senegal
Agreement amending the agreement of Aug. 28, 1995, regarding the consolidation, reduction, and rescheduling of certain debts owed to, guaranteed by, or insured by the United States Government and its agencies. Effected by exchange of notes at Dakar Nov. 17, 1997 and May 28, 1998. Entered into force May 28, 1998.
South Africa
Memorandum of cooperation concerning mutual cooperation in the area of air navigation and air traffic control. Signed at Washington and Pretoria May 15 and 20, 1998. Entered into force May 20, 1998.
United Nations
Agreement extending the agreement of Mar. 14, 1994, as extended, concerning the provision of assistance on a reimbursable basis in support of the operations of the United Nations in the former Yugoslavia. Signed at New York Apr. 9 and 20, and May 22, 1998. Entered into force May 22, 1998; effective Mar. 14, 1998.
Agreement amending the cooperation service agreement of Oct. 18, 1994, as extended, for the contribution of personnel to the international criminal tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. Effected by exchange of letters at New York May 19 and 22, 1998. Entered into force May 22, 1998.
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1 With declaration(s).
2 With reservation(s).

July

MULTILATERAL
Terrorism
Convention on the prevention and punishment of crimes against internationally protected persons, including diplomatic agents. Adopted by the UN General Assembly Dec. 14, 1973. Entered into force Feb. 20, 1977. 28 UST 1975; TIAS 8532.
Accession: Mauritania, Feb. 9, 1998.
Succession: Macedonia, Mar. 12, 1998; effective Nov. 17, 1991.
International convention against the taking of hostages. Adopted by the UN General Assembly Dec. 17, 1979. Entered into force June 3, 1983; for the U.S. Jan. 6, 1985. TIAS 11081.
Accessions: Lebanon, Dec. 4, 1997;1 Uzbekistan, Jan. 19, 1998.
Torture
Convention against torture and other cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment. Adopted by the UN General Assembly Dec. 10, 1984. Entered into force June 26, 1987; for the United States Nov. 20, 1994. [Senate] Treaty Doc. 100-20, 100th Cong., 2d Sess.
Accession: Bahrain, Mar. 6, 1998.2
War, Prevention of
Convention for the pacific settlement of international disputes. Signed at The Hague Oct. 18, 1907. Entered into force Jan. 29, 1910. TS 536.
Accessions: Chile, Nov. 19, 1997,1 Eritrea, Aug. 5, 1997; Guyana, Nov. 26, 1997.
BILATERAL
Bangladesh
Investment incentive agreement. Signed at Washington May 19, 1998. Entered into force May 19, 1998.
Botswana
Investment incentive agreement. Signed at Gaborone Dec. 12, 1997.
Chile
Agreement for cooperation concerning the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program, with appendices. Signed at Santiago Apr. 16, 1998. Entered into force Apr. 16, 1998.
Croatia
Memorandum of understanding concerning protection of intellectual property rights. Signed at Zagreb May 26, 1998. Enters into force on the date of exchange of written notification through diplomatic channels by which parties inform each other that all legislation and regulations necessary to give full effect to obligations undertaken have come into force.
Equatorial Guinea
Investment incentive agreement. Signed at Washington June 11, 1998. Entered into force June 11, 1998.
Fiji
Acquisition and cross-servicing agreement, with annexes. Signed at Suva Apr. 14, 1998. Entered into force Apr. 14, 1998.
Ireland
Protocol amending the consular convention of May 1, 1950, as amended. Signed at Washington June 16, 1998. Enters into force on the 30th day after both parties have been notified that respective domestic requirements have been completed.
Japan
Protocol extending the agreement of June 20, 1988, as extended, on cooperation in research and development in science and technology. Signed at Washington June 16, 1998. Entered into force June 20, 1998.
Agreement relating to and amending the civil air transport agreement of Aug. 11, 1952, as amended, with memorandum of understanding. Effected by exchange of notes at Washington Apr. 20, 1998. Entered into force Apr. 20, 1998.
Kuwait
Memorandum of understanding concerning scientific and technical cooperation in the earth sciences, with annexes. Signed at Reston June 8, 1998. Entered into force June 8, 1998.
Mauritius
Investment incentive agreement. Signed at Port Louis Dec. 15, 1997. Entered into force May 26, 1998.
Philippines
Amendment No. 4 to the strategic objective grant agreement for the governance and local democracy project, with attachment. Signed at Manila May 4, 1998. Entered into force May 4, 1998.
Agreement amending the project grant agreement for the Philippine Assistance Program Support project, as amended. Signed at Manila May 8, 1998. Entered into force May 8, 1998.
Senegal
Agreement amending the agreement of Aug. 28, 1995, regarding the consolidation, reduction, and rescheduling of certain debts owed to, guaranteed by, or insured by the United States Government and its agencies. Effected by exchange of notes at Dakar Nov. 17, 1997 and May 28, 1998. Entered into force May 28, 1998
Switzerland
Agreement for cooperation in the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program, with appendices. Signed at Berne Apr. 22, 1998. Entered into force Apr. 22, 1998.
Yemen
Agreement regarding the consolidation and rescheduling of certain debts owed to, guaranteed by, or insured by the United States Government and its agency, with annexes. Signed at Sanaa May 19, 1998. Enters into force upon receipt by Yemen of written notice from U.S. that all necessary domestic legal requirements have been fulfilled.
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1 With declaration(s).
2 With reservation(s).

June

MULTILATERAL
Children
Convention on protection of children and cooperation in respect of intercountry adoption. Done at the Hague May 29, 1993. Entered into force May 5, 1995.1
Accession: Moldova, Apr. 10, 1998.
Territorial Application: Canada extended to the Yukon Territory, Apr. 24, 1998.
Prisoners
Convention on the transfer of sentenced persons. Done at Strasbourg Mar. 21, 1983. Entered into force July 1, 1985.
Accession: Costa Rica, Apr. 14, 1998.
BILATERAL
Cuba
Agreement extending the provisional application of the maritime boundary agreement of Dec. 16, 1977. Effected by exchange of notes at Washington Dec. 30, 1997 and Mar. 30, 1998. Entered into force Mar. 30, 1998; effective Jan. 1, 1998.
Ecuador
Agreement concerning assistance in developing and modernizing Ecuador's civil aviation infrastructure. Signed at Washington and Quito Mar. 5 and 23, 1998. Entered into force Mar. 23, 1998.
Ghana
Agreement for cooperation in the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program, with appendices. Signed at Accra Mar. 20, 1998. Entered into force Mar. 20, 1998.
Guinea-Bissau
Agreement relating to the employment of dependents of official government employees. Effected by exchange of notes at Bissau July 23, 1997 and Feb. 16, 1998. Entered into force Feb. 16, 1998.
Japan
Agreement amending the agreement of Mar. 29, 1988, as amended, concerning the acquisition and production of the EP-3, UP-3C, and UP-3D aircraft. Effected by exchange of notes at Tokyo Mar. 27, 1998. Entered into force Mar. 27, 1998.
Agreement concerning a cooperative modification program for the ACES II Ejection Seat. Effected by exchange of notes at Tokyo Mar. 27, 1998. Entered into force Mar. 27, 1998.
Agreement amending the agreement of Mar. 31, 1989, as amended, concerning the acquisition and production in Japan of the SH-60, UH-60J, and UH-60JA aircraft. Effected by exchange of notes at Tokyo Mar. 27, 1998. Entered into force Mar. 27, 1998.
Latvia
Acquisition and cross-servicing agreement, with annexes. Signed at Riga and Patch Barracks Mar. 28 and 30, 1998. Entered into force Mar. 30, 1998.
Russia
Agreement extending the agreement of June 17, 1992, as amended and extended, concerning the safe and secure transportation and storage of nuclear weapons through provisional emergency response equipment and related training. Signed at Washington and Moscow Feb. 6 and Apr. 1, 1998. Entered into force Apr. 1, 1998; effective Aug. 28, 1997.
Agreement extending the agreement of Aug. 28, 1992, as amended and extended, concerning the safe and secure transportation of nuclear weapons and nuclear weapons material through the provision of cargo and guard railcar conversion kits. Signed at Washington and Moscow Feb. 6 and Apr. 1, 1998. Entered into force Apr. 1, 1998; effective Aug. 28, 1997.
Senegal
Protocol to amend the air transport services agreement of Mar. 28, 1979. Signed at Dakar Apr. 1, 1998. Entered into force Apr. 1, 1998.
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1 Not in force for the U.S.

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MULTILATERAL
Defense
Agreement among the United States, Germany, and Italy for the High Speed Anti-Radiation Missile (HARM) AGM-88 upgrade, with annexes. Signed at Washington, Bonn, and Rome Oct. 14, 1997, Feb. 5 and Mar. 7, 1998. Entered into force Mar. 7, 1998.
BILATERAL
Brazil
Supplementary agreement to the agreement of Feb. 6, 1984, as amended and extended, relating to cooperation in science and technology. Signed at Brasilia Mar. 31, 1998. Entered into force Apr. 30, 1998.
China
Agreement extending the agreement of July 23, 1985, as amended and extended, concerning fisheries off the coasts of the United States. Effected by exchange of notes at Beijing June 6 and July 1, 1996. Entered into force Feb. 13, 1998.
Egypt
Agreement for technology research and development projects. Signed at Cairo and Washington Feb. 24 and 27, 1998. Entered into force Feb. 27, 1998.
Ethiopia
Agreement regarding the furnishing of commodities, services, and related training to assist Ethiopia's forces participating in the African Crisis Response Initiative, with attachment. Effected by exchange of notes at Addis Ababa Feb. 2 and 6, 1998. Entered into force Feb. 6, 1998.
Ghana
Agreement regarding the status of U.S. military personnel and civilian employees of the U.S. Department of Defense temporarily present in Ghana in connection with the African Crisis Response Initiative and other activities. Effected by exchange of notes at Accra Nov. 24, 1997 and Feb. 24, 1998. Entered into force Feb. 24, 1998.
Greece
Agreement extending the mutual defense cooperation agreement of July 8, 1990. Effected by exchange of notes at Athens Jan. 19 and Feb. 19, 1998. Entered into force Feb. 19, 1998; effective Nov. 6, 1998.
India
Investment incentive agreement. Signed at New Delhi Nov. 19, 1997. Entered into force Apr. 16, 1998.
Israel
Acquisition and cross-servicing agreement, with annexes. Signed at Stockholm Feb. 9, 1998. Entered into force Feb. 9, 1998.
Jamaica
Agreement concerning cooperation in suppressing illicit maritime drug trafficking. Signed at Kingston May 6, 1997. Entered into force Mar. 10, 1998.
Japan
Agreement amending the agreement of Nov. 8, 1983, as amended for the transfer of defense-related technologies. Effected by exchange of notes at Tokyo Feb. 6, 1998. Entered into force Feb. 6, 1998.
Madagascar
Investment incentive agreement. Signed at Washington Mar. 31, 1998. Enters into force on date on which Madagascar notifies the U.S. that all legal requirements for entry into force have been fulfilled.
Namibia
Agreement regarding grants under the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as amended, and the furnishing of defense articles, related training, and other defense services from the United States Government to the Republic of Namibia. Effected by exchange of notes at Windhoek May 21, 1992 and Feb. 19, 1998. Entered into force Feb. 19, 1998.
Niger
Agreement regarding the consolidation, reduction, and rescheduling of certain debts owed to, guaranteed by, or insured by the United States Government and its agencies, with annexes. Signed at Niamey Jan. 14, 1998. Entered into force Mar. 27, 1998.
Panama
Memorandum of cooperation for promotion and development of civil aviation. Signed at Washington and Panama Feb. 17 and Mar. 3, 1998. Entered into force Mar. 3, 1998.
Rwanda
Agreement regarding grants under the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as amended, and the furnishing of defense articles, related training, and other defense services from the United States to Rwanda. Effected by exchange of notes at Kigali Jan. 26 and Feb. 6, 1998. Entered into force Feb. 6, 1998.
Sweden
Agreement for the promotion of aviation safety. Signed at Stockholm Feb. 9, 1998. Entered into force Feb. 9, 1998.
Tanzania
Agreement regarding the consolidation, reduction, and rescheduling of certain debts owed to, guaranteed by, or insured by the United States Government and its agency, with annexes. Signed at Dar es Salaam Jan. 16, 1998. Entered into force Mar. 27, 1998.
Trinidad and Tobago
Agreement concerning grants under the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as amended, and the furnishing of defense articles, related training, and other defense services from the United States to Trinidad and Tobago for counternarcotics purposes. Effected by exchange of notes at Port of Spain Feb. 4 and 13, 1998. Entered into force Feb. 13, 1998.
United Nations
Agreement extending the cooperation service agreement of Oct. 18, 1994, as extended, for the contribution of personnel to the international criminal tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, with annex. Effected by exchange of letters at New York Mar. 4, 1998. Entered into force Mar. 4, 1998.
Uzbekistan
Air transport agreement, with annexes. Signed at Washington Feb. 27, 1998. Entered into force Feb. 27, 1998.
Venezuela
Agreement for scientific and technological cooperation, with annexes. Signed at Caracas Oct. 12, 1997. Entered into force Feb. 17, 1998.
Vietnam
Agreement regarding the operations of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation in Vietnam. Signed at Washington and Hanoi Mar. 19 and 26, 1998. Entered into force Mar. 26, 1998.

April

MULTILATERAL
Narcotic Drugs
Convention on psychotropic substances. Done at Vienna Feb. 21, 1971. Entered into force Aug. 16, 1976; for the U.S. July 15, 1980. 32 UST 543; TIAS 9725.
Accessions: Austria, June 23, 1997; Hong Kong, July 1, 1997; Kazakhstan, Apr. 29, 1997; Lao People's Democratic Republic, Sept. 22, 1997; Oman, July 3, 1997;1 Tajikistan, Mar. 26, 1997; Vietnam, Nov. 4, 1997.
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, 101st Cong., 1st Sess.
Ratifications: Austria, July 11, 1997;1 Benin, May 23, 1997; Iceland, Sept. 2, 1997; Kazakhstan, Apr. 29, 1997; Singapore, Oct. 23, 1997;1,2 Vietnam, Nov. 4, 1997.
North Atlantic Treaty
Agreement between the parties to the North Atlantic Treaty for the security of information, with annexes. Done at Brussels Mar. 6, 1997.3
Signatures: Belgium, Jan. 29, 1998; Italy, Feb. 17, 1998; Portugal, Mar. 5, 1998; Spain, Mar. 11, 1998; Turkey, Feb 17, 1998; United States, Mar. 9, 1998.
Agreement on the status of missions and representatives of third states to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Done at Brussels Sept. 14, 1994.3
Ratifications: Belgium, Mar. 28, 1997; Canada, May 28, 1996; Netherlands, Apr. 24, 1997.
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, 1996.4
Ratification: Spain, Feb. 4, 1998.
Further 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 Dec. 19, 1997.3
Signature: Portugal, Mar. 5, 1998.
Agreement to amend the agreement of Aug. 3, 1959, as amended, to supplement the agreement between the parties to the North Atlantic Treaty regarding the status of their forces with respect to foreign forces stationed in the Federal Republic of Germany. Done at Bonn Mar. 18, 1993. Entered into force Mar. 29, 1998.
Ratification: Belgium, Feb. 27, 1998.
Agreement to amend the Protocol of Signature to the agreement of Aug. 3, 1959, as amended by agreements of Oct. 21, 1971 and May 18, 1981, to supplement the agreement between the parties to the North Atlantic Treaty regarding the status of their forces with respect to foreign forces stationed in the Federal Republic of Germany. Signed at Bonn May 16, 1994.3
Ratification: Belgium, Feb. 27, 1998.
Protocol to the North Atlantic Treaty on the accession of the Czech Republic. Signed at Brussels Dec. 16, 1997.3 [Senate] Treaty Doc. 105-36, 105th Cong., 2d Sess.
Protocol to the North Atlantic Treaty on the accession of Hungary. Signed at Brussels Dec. 16, 1997.3 [Senate] Treaty Doc. 105-36, 105th Cong., 2d Sess.
Protocol to the North Atlantic Treaty on the accession of Poland. Signed at Brussels Dec. 16, 1997.3 [Senate] Treaty Doc. 105-36, 105th Cong., 2d Sess.
Ratifications: Canada, Feb. 4, 1998; Denmark, Feb. 17, 1998; Norway, Mar. 17, 1998.
Prisoner Transfer
Convention on the transfer of sentenced persons. Done at Strasbourg Mar. 21, 1983. Entered into force July 1, 1985. TIAS 10824.
Accession: Georgia, Oct. 21, 1997.
Ratification: Liechtenstein, Jan. 14, 1998.
Space Station
Agreement concerning application of the Space Station Intergovernmental Agreement pending its entry into force. Signed at Washington Jan. 29, 1998. Entered into force Jan. 29, 1998.
Terrorism
Convention on the prevention and punishment of crimes against internationally protected persons, including diplomatic agents. Adopted by the UN General Assembly Dec. 14, 1973. Entered into force Feb. 20, 1977.
Accessions: Brunei Darussalam, Nov. 13, 1997; Moldova, Sept. 8, 1997; Uzbekistan, Jan. 19, 1998.
International convention against the taking of hostages. Adopted by the UN General Assembly Dec. 17, 1979. Entered into force June 3, 1983; for the U.S. Jan. 6, 1985.
Accession: Tunisia, June 18, 1997.
Torture
Convention against torture and other cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment of punishment. Adopted by the UN General Assembly Dec. 10, 1984. Entered into force June 26, 1977; for the U.S. Nov. 20, 1994.
Accessions: Kyrgyzstan, Sept. 5, 1997; Saudi Arabia, Sept. 23, 1997.
BILATERAL
Antigua & Barbuda
Agreement relating to the employment of dependents of official government employees. Effected by exchange of notes at Bridgetown and St. John's Dec. 23, 1997 and Jan. 27, 1998. Entered into force Jan. 27, 1998.
Canada
Agreement extending the interim agreement of Feb. 3, 1995 for the conservation of salmon stocks originating in the Yukon River. Effected by exchange of notes at Washington Dec. 23 and 24, 1997. Entered into force Dec. 24, 1997.
China
Agreement establishing a consultation mechanism to strengthen military maritime safety. Signed at Beijing Jan. 19, 1998. Entered into force Jan. 19, 1998.
Egypt
Memorandum of agreement concerning the provision of civil aviation assistance. Signed at Washington and Cairo Sept 12 and 14, 1997. Entered into force Sept. 14, 1997.
Germany
Memorandum of understanding for participation in the German Geoscience Challenging Mini-Satellite Payload for Geoscientific Research and Applications (CHAMP) program. Signed at Washington July 31, 1997. Entered into force July 31, 1997.
Madagascar
Agreement regarding the consolidation, reduction, and rescheduling of certain debts owed to, guaranteed by, or insured by the United States Government and its agency, with annexes. Signed at Washington Dec. 16, 1997. Entered into force Mar. 4, 1998.
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1 With declarations(s).
2 With reservation(s).
3 Not in force.
4 Not in force for the U.S.

March

MULTILATERAL
Children
Convention on protection of children and cooperation in respect of intercountry adoption. Done at the Hague May 29, 1993. Entered into force May 1, 1995.1
Signatures: Belarus, Dec. 10, 1997; Germany, Nov. 7, 1997.
Judicial
Convention on the service abroad of judicial and extrajudicial documents in civil and commercial matters. Opened for signature at The Hague Nov. 15, 1965. Entered into force Feb. 10, 1969.
Accession: Belarus, June 6, 1997.
Convention on the civil aspects of international child abduction. Done at The Hague Oct. 25, 1980. Entered into force Dec. 1, 1983; for the U.S. July 1, 1988.
Signature: Turkey, Jan. 21, 1998.2
Pollution
1996 Amendments to the Annex of the Protocol of 1978 Relating to the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, 1973. Adopted at London July 10, 1996. Entered into force Jan. 1, 1998.
Terrorism
Convention on the safety of United Nations and associated personnel. Done at New York Dec. 9, 1994.3
Accessions: Chile, Aug. 27, 1997; Korea, Dec. 8, 1997.
Ratifications: Czech Republic, June 13, 1997; Korea, Dec. 8, 1997; Philippines, June 17, 1997; Romania, Dec. 29, 1997; Spain, Jan. 13, 1998.
BILATERAL
Denmark
Acquisition and cross-servicing agreement, with annexes. Signed at Vedbaek, Denmark and Patch Barracks, Germany Jan. 5 and 8, 1998. Entered into force Jan. 8, 1998.
European Organization for Nuclear Research
Agreement concerning scientific and technical cooperation on Large Hadron Collider activities. Signed at Washington Dec. 8, 1997. Entered into force Dec. 8, 1997.
Accelerator protocol relating to the agreement of Dec. 8, 1997, concerning scientific and technical cooperation on Large Hadron Collider activities. Signed at Geneva Dec. 19, 1997. Entered into force Dec. 19, 1997.
Experiments protocol relating to the agreement of Dec. 8, 1997, concerning scientific and technical cooperation on Large Hadron Collider activities. Signed at Geneva Dec. 19, 1997. Entered into force Dec. 19, 1997.
Hungary
Agreement extending the annex to the air transport agreement of July 12, 1989, as amended (TIAS 11260). Effected by exchange of notes at Washington May 8 and July 11, 1997. Entered into force July 11, 1998.
Iceland
Agreement relating to the loan of aviation-related equipment. Signed at Washington Dec. 8, 1997. Entered into force Dec. 8, 1997.
Israel
Agreement amending the memorandum of agreement of July 12 and 18, 1996, as amended, concerning the Tactical High Energy Laser (THEL) Advanced Concept Technology Demonstration (ACTD). Signed at Tel Aviv Dec. 3 and 12, 1997. Entered into force Dec. 12, 1997.
Agreement amending the memorandum of understanding of Dec. 14, 1987, concerning the principles governing mutual cooperation in research and development, scientist and engineer exchange, procurement and logistic support of defense equipment. Signed at Washington and Tel Aviv Dec. 19, 1997 and Jan. 8, 1998. Entered into force Jan. 8, 1998; effective Dec. 14, 1997.
Latvia
Agreement concerning security measures for the protection of classified military information. Signed at Washington Jan. 15, 1998. Entered into force Jan. 15, 1998.
Pakistan
Investment incentive agreement. Signed at Islamabad Nov. 18, 1997. Entered into force Jan. 28, 1998.
Poland
Memorandum of agreement concerning assistance in developing and modernizing Poland's civil aviation infrastructure. Signed at Washington and Warsaw Jan. 5 and 14, 1998. Entered into force Jan. 14, 1998.
Portugal
Acquisition and cross-servicing agreement, with annexes. Signed at Lisbon Jan. 14, 1998. Entered into force Jan. 14, 1998.
Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic
Acquisition and cross-servicing agreement concerning mutual logistic support. Signed at Tel Aviv Dec. 17 and 18, 1997. Entered into force Dec. 18, 1997.
Suriname
Agreement for cooperation in the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE). Signed at Paramaribo Dec. 23, 1997. Entered into force Dec. 23, 1997.
Tanzania
Investment incentive agreement. Signed at Dar es Salaam Dec. 24, 1996. Entered into force Nov. 26, 1997.
Ukraine
Agreement extending the Protocol of May 10, 1995 to the air transport agreement of 1990, as extended. Effected by exchange of notes at Kiev Jan. 6 and 14, 1998. Entered into force Jan. 14, 1998.
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1 Not in force for the U.S.
2 With declarations.
3 Not in force.

February

MULTILATERAL
Chemical Weapons
Convention on the prohibition of the development, production, stockpiling, and use of chemical weapons and on their destruction, with annexes. Done at Paris Jan. 13, 1993. Entered into force Apr. 29, 1997.
Ratifications: Russian Federation, Nov. 5, 1997; Venezuela, Dec. 3, 1997.
Children
Convention on the protection of children and cooperation in respect of intercountry adoption. Done at The Hague May 29, 1993. Entered into force May 1, 1995.1
Signature: Denmark, July 2, 1997.
Ratifications: Denmark, July 2, 1997; Norway, Sept. 25, 1997.2
Education
Convention on the recognition of qualifications concerning higher education in the European Region. Done at Lisbon Apr. 11, 1997. Enters into force on the first day of the month following the expiration of the period of one month after five states, including at least three member states of the Council of Europe and/or the UNESCO Europe Region, have expressed their consent to be bound by the Convention.
Finance
United Nations Convention on Independent Guaranties and Stand-by Letters of Credit. Adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations at New York Dec. 11, 1995. Enters into force on the first day of the month following the expiration of one year from the date of the deposit of the fifth instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval, or accession.
Wills
Convention providing a uniform law on the form of an international will, with annex. Done at Washington Oct. 26, 1973. Entered into force Feb. 9, 1978.1
Territorial Application: Extended to the Province of New Brunswick by Canada, June 5, 1997.
Women
Convention on the Political Rights of Women. Done at New York Mar. 31, 1953. Entered into force July 7, 1954; for the U.S. July 7, 1976.
Accession: Uzbekistan, Sept. 29, 1997.
BILATERAL
Botswana
Investment incentive agreement. Signed at Gaborone Dec. 12, 1997. Enters into force on date on which Botswana notifies U.S. that all legal requirements for entry into force have been fulfilled.
Canada
Agreement amending the arrangement of June 4 and 12, 1980, relating to the employment of dependents of official government employees. Effected by exchange of notes at Ottawa Oct. 3 and Nov. 13, 1997. Entered into force Nov. 13, 1997.
Costa Rica
Agreement regarding the transboundary movement of hazardous waste. Effected by exchange of notes at San Jose Sept. 30 and Nov. 17, 1997. Entered into force Nov. 17, 1997.
Estonia
Convention for the avoidance of double taxation and the prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income. Signed at Washington Jan. 15, 1998. Enters into force on the later of notifications through diplomatic channels that constitutional requirements have been complied with.
Georgia
Agreement concerning cooperation in the area of the prevention of proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and the promotion of defense and military relations. Signed at Washington July 17, 1997. Entered into force Nov. 10, 1997.
Germany
Agreement for promotion of aviation safety. Signed at Milwaukee May 23, 1996. Entered into force July 18, 1997.
Guatemala
Agreement for cooperation in the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) program, with appendices. Signed at Guatemala Dec. 5, 1997. Entered into force Dec. 5, 1997.
Kazakhstan
Agreement amending the agreement of Dec. 13, 1993, concerning control, accounting, and physical protection of nuclear material to promote the prevention of nuclear material to promote the prevention of nuclear weapons proliferation. Signed at Washington Nov. 17, 1997. Entered into force Nov. 17, 1997.
Agreement extending the agreement of Dec. 13, 1993, concerning the provision to Kazakhstan of emergency response equipment and related training in connection with the removal of nuclear warheads from Kazakhstan for destruction and the removal of intercontinental ballistic missiles and the destruction of their silo launchers. Signed at Washington Nov. 17, 1997. Entered into force Nov. 17, 1997.
Agreement concerning cooperation in the area of the prevention of proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. Signed at Washington Nov. 18, 1997. Entered into force Nov. 18, 1997.
Implementing arrangements concerning long-term disposition of BN-360 nuclear material. Signed at Washington Nov. 18, 1997. Entered into force Nov. 18, 1997.
Agreement concerning the establishment and operation of nuclear test seismic monitoring stations in Kazakhstan. Signed at Washington Nov. 18, 1997. Entered into force Nov. 18, 1997.
Latvia
Convention for the avoidance of double taxation and the prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income. Signed at Washington Jan. 15, 1998. Enters into force on the later of notifications through diplomatic channels that constitutional requirements have been complied with.
Liechtenstein
Agreement relating to employment of dependents of official government employees. Effected by exchange of notes at Bern and Vaduz Sept. 18 and Nov. 14, 1997. Entered into force Nov. 14, 1997.
Lithuania
Convention for the avoidance of double taxation and the prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income. Signed at Washington Jan. 15, 1998. Enters into force on the later of notifications through diplomatic channels that constitutional requirements have been complied with.
Luxembourg
Agreement amending the air transport services agreement of Aug. 19, 1986 (TIAS 11249). Effected by exchange of notes at Washington June 6, 1995. Entered into force Jan. 9, 1998.
Mali
Agreement for cooperation in the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program, with appendices. Signed at Washington Nov. 19, 1997. Entered into force Nov. 19, 1997.
Mauritius
Investment incentive agreement. Signed at Port Louis Dec. 15, 1997. Enters into force on date on which Mauritius notifies U.S. that all legal requirements for entry into force have been fulfilled.
Nicaragua
Agreement concerning protection of intellectual property rights. Signed at Managua Jan. 7, 1998. Enters into force upon the exchange of notes between the parties in which they indicate that the agreement has been ratified by the Congress of each of the parties if their Constitution so requires.
Air transport agreement, with annexes. Signed at San Jose May 8, 1997. Entered into force Dec. 5, 1997.
Niger
Agreement regarding the consolidation, reduction and rescheduling of certain debts owed to, guaranteed by, or insured by the United States Government and its agencies, with annexes. Signed at Niamey Jan. 14, 1998. Enters into force upon receipt by Niger of written notice from U.S. that all necessary domestic legal requirements for entry into force have been fulfilled.
Pakistan
Agreement for cooperation in the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) program, with appendices. Signed at Islamabad Nov. 18, 1997. Entered into force Nov. 18, 1997.
South Africa
Agreement for cooperation concerning peaceful uses of nuclear energy, with annex and agreed minute. Signed at Pretoria Aug. 25, 1995. Entered into force: Dec. 4, 1997.
Tanzania
Agreement regarding the consolidation, reduction and rescheduling of certain debts owed to, guaranteed by, or insured by the United States Government and its Agency, with annexes. Enters into force upon receipt by Tanzania of written notice from U.S. that all necessary domestic legal requirements have been fulfilled.
United Arab Emirates
Agreement regarding taxation of income derived from the international operation of ships or aircraft. Effected by exchange of notes at Abu Dhabi Oct. 7 and Dec. 1, 1997. Entered into force Dec. 1, 1997; effective Jan. 1, 1994.
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1 Not in force for the U.S.
2 With declarations.

January

BILATERAL
Argentina
Agreement on cooperation in management and protection of national parks and other protected natural and cultural heritage sites. Signed at Buenos Aires Oct. 16, 1997. Entered into force Oct. 16, 1997.
Agreement for cooperation concerning peaceful uses of nuclear energy, with annex and agreed minute. Signed at Buenos Aires Feb. 29, 1996. Entered into force Oct. 16, 1997.
Implementing agreement for technical exchange and cooperation in the area of peaceful uses of nuclear energy. Signed at Buenos Aires Oct. 16, 1997. Entered into force Oct. 16, 1997.
Memorandum of understanding concerning the flight of the SAC-A mission on the NASA Space Shuttle. Signed at Buenos Aires Oct. 16, 1997. Entered into force Oct. 16, 1997.
Austria
Convention for the avoidance of double taxation and the prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income, with memorandum of understanding. Signed at Vienna May 31, 1996. Enters into force Feb. 1, 1998.
Belgium
Agreement amending the agreement of May 6 and 11, 1982, as amended, concerning provision of mutual logistic support. Signed at Evere, Belgium and Patch Barracks, Germany Oct. 27 and 30, 1997. Entered into force Oct. 30, 1997.
Brazil
Implementing arrangement for the design, development, operation, and use of flight equipment and payloads for the International Space Station Program. Signed at Brasilia Oct. 14, 1997. Entered into force Oct. 14, 1997.
Implementing arrangement for cooperation in the area of energy technology, with annexes. Signed at Brasilia Oct. 14, 1997. Entered into force Oct. 14, 1997.
Canada
Protocol amending the convention with respect to taxes on income and on capital of Sept. 26, 1980, as amended. Signed at Ottawa July 29, 1997. Entered into force Dec. 16, 1997.
China
Agreement amending the memorandum of agreement of Mar. 13, 1995, regarding international trade in commercial launch services. Signed at Washington Oct. 27, 1997. Entered into force Oct. 27, 1997.
Ecuador
Memorandum of understanding concerning scientific and technical cooperation in the earth sciences, with annexes. Signed at Reston and Quito Apr. 3 and July 15, 1997. Entered into force July 15, 1997.
Ethiopia
Agreement regarding the consolidation and rescheduling of certain debts owed to the United States Government and its agency, with annexes. Signed at Addis Ababa Oct. 9, 1997. Entered into force Dec. 3, 1997.
European Community
Agreement for scientific and technological cooperation, with annex. Signed at Washington Dec. 5, 1997. Enters into force on date on which parties have notified each other in writing that their respective internal procedures necessary for entry into force have been completed.
Guinea
Agreement regarding the consolidation, reduction, and rescheduling of certain debts owed to, guaranteed by, or insured by the United States Government and its agencies, with annexes. Signed at Conakry Oct. 29, 1997. Entered into force Dec. 17, 1997.
Honduras
Agreement for cooperation in the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program, with appendices. Signed at Tegucigalpa Nov. 13, 1997. Entered into force Nov. 13, 1997.
India
Investment incentive agreement. Signed at New Delhi Nov. 19, 1997. Enters into force on date on which India notifies U.S. that legal requirements for entry into force have been fulfilled.
Ireland
Convention for the avoidance of double taxation and the prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income and capital gains, with protocol and related agreement. Signed at Dublin July 28, 1997. Entered into force Dec. 17, 1997.
Japan
Agreement concerning a cash contribution by Japan for administrative and related expenses arising from implementation of the mutual defense agreement. Effected by exchange of notes at Tokyo Oct. 17, 1997. Entered into force Oct. 17, 1997.
Lithuania
Agreement concerning exchange of research and development information, with appendix. Signed at Washington Oct. 16, 1997. Entered into force Oct. 16, 1997.
Madagascar
Agreement regarding the consolidation, reduction, and rescheduling of certain debts owed to, guaranteed by, or insured by the United States Government and its agency, with annexes. Signed at Washington Dec. 16, 1997. Enters into force following signature and receipt by Madagascar of written notice from U.S. that all necessary domestic legal requirements have been fulfilled.
Mexico
Agreement for cooperation in the area of civil aviation research and development. Signed at Washington and Mexico Sept. 17 and Oct. 14 and 16, 1997. Entered into force Oct. 16, 1997.
Micronesia
Agreement for cooperation in the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program, with appendices. Signed at Kolonia Nov. 7, 1997. Entered into force Nov. 7, 1997.
Pakistan
Investment incentive agreement. Signed at Islamabad Nov. 18, 1997. Enters into force on the date on which Pakistan notifies the U.S. that all legal requirements for entry into force have been fulfilled.
South Africa
Convention for the avoidance of double taxation and the prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income and capital gains. Signed at Cape Town Feb. 17, 1997. Entered into force Dec. 28, 1997.
Spain
Implementing arrangement on cooperation in research on radiological evaluations. Signed at Madrid Sept. 15, 1997. Entered into force Sept. 15, 1997.
Switzerland
Convention for the avoidance of double taxation with respect to taxes on income, with protocol. Signed at Washington Oct. 2, 1996. Entered into force Dec. 19, 1997.
Thailand
Convention for the avoidance of double taxation and the prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income, with exchange of notes. Signed at Bangkok Nov. 26, 1996. Entered into force Dec. 15, 1997.
Turkey
Agreement for the avoidance of double taxation and the prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income, with protocol. Signed at Washington Mar. 28, 1996. Entered into force Dec. 19, 1997.
United Arab Emirates
Agreement extending the memorandum of understanding of Feb. 6, 1988, as amended and extended, concerning scientific and technical cooperation in the earth sciences. Signed at Abu Dhabi Nov. 1, 1997. Entered into force Nov. 1, 1997; effective Feb. 6, 1998.
Venezuela
Memorandum of understanding concerning the conservation of protected natural areas and their biodiversity. Signed at Caracas Oct. 12, 1997. Entered into force Oct. 12, 1997.
Agreement for energy cooperation, with annex. Signed at Caracas Oct. 13, 1997. Entered into force Oct. 13, 1997.
Zambia
Agreement regarding the consolidation, reduction, and rescheduling of certain debts owed to, guaranteed by, or insured by the United States Government and its agency, with annexes. Signed at Conakry Oct. 29, 1997. Entered into force Dec. 17, 1997.

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