Nairobi Notification No. 36
Nairobi Treaty on the Protection of the Olympic Symbol

Ratification by the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics

The Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) presents his compliments to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and has the honor to notify him of the deposit by the Government of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics on March 17, 1986, of its instrument of ratification of the Nairobi Treaty on the Protection of the Olympic Symbol, adopted at Nairobi on September 26, 1981.

The said instrument of ratification contains the following declarations:

"The fact that the Soviet Union is a party to the Nairobi Treaty on the Protection of the Olympic Symbol of September 26, 1981 -- of which Article 4 stipulates that the provisions of Chapter I shall, as regards States party to this Treaty which are members of a customs union, a free trade area, any other economic grouping or any other regional or subregional grouping, be without prejudice to their commitments -- shall not alter the relations of the Soviet Union with such unions, areas or groupings";

"The provisions of Article 5(2) of the Nairobi Treaty on the Protection of the Olympic Symbol, placing restrictions on the circle of parties to the Treaty, are contrary to the principle of the sovereign equality of States." (Translation)

The said Treaty will enter into force, with respect to the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, one month after the date on which the said instrument of ratification was deposited, that is, on April 17, 1986.

March 18, 1986