It is usual in modern multilateral treaties to designate one or more states, or the chief executive officer of an international organisation, such as the Secretary-General of the United Nations, as the depositary1. The designation of the depositary of a treaty2 may be made by the negotiating states3, either in the treaty itself or in some other manner4. The functions of the depositary of a treaty are international in character and the depositary is under an obligation to act impartially in their performance; in particular, the fact that a treaty has not entered into force between certain of the
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