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9 February 2016

Côte d'Ivoire Accedes to the Convention on the Limitation Period in the International Sale of Goods

23rd State party to the Convention, as amended by the Protocol of 11 April 1980

VIENNA, 9 February (UN Information Service) - With its accession to the Convention on the Limitation Period in the International Sale of Goods, Côte d'Ivoire becomes the 23rd State party to the amended Convention and the 30th State party to the underlying unamended Convention.

Côte d'Ivoire has deposited its instrument of accession to the Convention, which will enter into force for Côte d'Ivoire on 1 September 2016.

The Convention, adopted on 12 June 1974, establishes uniform rules governing the period of time within which legal proceedings arising from an international sales contract must be initiated. The Convention was amended by a Protocol adopted in 1980 to harmonize it with the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG).


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