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CRC Article = 46
Article 46 of the CRC provides that the CRC shall be open for signature by all States. Signature of the CRC by State representatives normally proceeds ratification. It does not mean that States have given their consent to be bound by the CRC. According to Articles 48 and 49 of the CRC, only ratification or accession have that effect. However, signature does obligate States to refrain from any acts which would defeat the object and purpose of the CRC, until they have made their intention clear not to become Parties to the CRC (see Article 18 of the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties (1969)).

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Accession   Depositary   Ratification