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Protocol additional to the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949, and relating to the Adoption of an Additional Distinctive Emblem (Protocol III), 8 December 2005
Article 10 - Accession
Accession is a way of expressing consent to be bound by the treaty if the State concerned either did not take part in the negotiations of Additional Protocol III or did take part but did not sign the treaty within the twelve-month period specified in Article 8
. Article 10
of Additional Protocol III repeats verbatim Article 94
of Additional Protocol I and Article 22
of Additional Protocol II. It is sufficient, therefore, to refer to their Commentaries
It is important to recall that accession to Additional Protocol III as well as signature and ratification under Articles 8
are limited to States already party to the 1949 Geneva Conventions. On the other hand, it is not necessary to be a State party to the first two Additional Protocols to be bound by Additional Protocol III.
See the respective commentaries
note 17, on Additional Protocol I, pp. 1075-78 (§§ 3713-25) and Additional Protocol II
, p. 1495 (§ 4916).