Pursuant to the objections and declarations listed below, the Convention will not enter into force between Kosovo and the following Contracting States:
Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Brazil, Chile, People’s Republic of China (for the Hong Kong and Macao Special Administrative Regions), Cyprus, Ecuador, Georgia, Germany, Greece, India, Israel, Mauritius, Mexico, Republic of Moldova, Namibia, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Venezuela.
Please note that this matter was also discussed in the context of a session of the 2016 meeting of the Council on General Affairs and Policy of the Conference. No 4 of the Conclusions and Recommendations of the Council reads as follows:
New ratifications / accessions: role of the Depositary and the Permanent Bureau
4. The Council took note of the different views expressed on the subject matter. It recalled the relevance of the Vienna Convention of 1969 on the Law of Treaties, in particular its Articles 76(2) and 77 on the functions of depositories, and the provisions and requirements of the relevant Hague Convention. When, following the deposit of an instrument of ratification, approval, or accession, the Depositary subsequently receives an objection from a Contracting State, including based on the issue of statehood, the Depositary brings the matter to the attention of all Contracting States to the Convention concerned.
The Contracting States that raised an objection to the accession of Kosovo before 15 May 2016 are as follows:
China, People’s Republic of, 29-01-2016
Moldova, Republic of, 24-02-2016
The Contracting States listed below chose to make specific formal declarations with regard to Kosovo.
Serbia, 06-11-2015, 18-12-2015; 26-04-2016
Spain, 13-11-2015, 1-4-2016, 22-4-2016; 12-05-2016
Russian Federation, 26-11-2015
United States of America, 06-09-2017
The depository, 15-4-2016, 28-4-2016
The full text of the aforementioned Objections, Declarations and Communications can be found on the corresponding pages of website of the depositary for the Convention, available from the following links: Objections to accession; Reservations, declarations and objections; Depositary communications (see “Depositary communications concerning Spain”, as such communications were made in response to notes verbales from the Kingdom of Spain).