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    Reservation and declaration made upon ratification:

    "On authorizing me to deposit the instruments of ratification by the Government of New Zealand of the following Conventions concluded at Geneva on 12 August 1949:

    "1. Geneva Convention for the Amelioration of the Condition of the Wounded and Sick in Armed Forces in the Field,
    "2. Geneva Convention for the Amelioration of the Condition of Wounded, Sick and Shipwrecked Members of Armed Forces at Sea,
    "3. Geneva Convention Relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War,
    "4. Geneva Convention Relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War.

    "Her Majesty's Government in New Zealand have requested me to notify you that in ratifying the Geneva Convention Relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, they do not desire to maintain the reservation to Article 70, paragraph I, of that Convention, made by the Government of New Zealand at the time of signature. Her Majesty's Government in New Zealand desire, however, to maintain the reservation recorded at the time of signature in respect of Article 68, paragraph 2, of the same Convention, and have included a statement to this effect in the relevant instrument of ratification.

    "Her Majesty's Government in New Zealand also desire me to refer to the reservations made to Article 85 of the Geneva Convention Relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War by the following States:
    "The People's Republic of Albania
    "The Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic
    "The Bulgarian People's Republic
    "The Czechoslovak Republic
    "The Hungarian People's Republic
    "The Polish Republic
    "The Romanian People's Republic
    "The Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic
    "The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.

    and to the reservations to Article 12 of the Geneva Convention Relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War and to Article 45 of the Geneva Convention Relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War made by all the abovementioned and by the Federal People's Republic of Yugoslavia.

    "I am requested to state that Her Majesty's Government in New Zealand do not regard as valid reservations in the terms of those recorded by the abovementioned States. Whilst Her Majesty's Government in New Zealand regard those States as parties to the Conventions in question, they will regard any application of such a reservation as constituting a breach of the Convention to which the reservation relates."

    SOURCE: UNTS, Vol.330, 1959, pp.357-359.
11.02.1950

02.05.1959