RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THIS CONVENTION AND ITS PROTOCOLS
1. A State or a regional economic integration organization may not become a Party to a Protocol unless it is, or becomes at the same time, a Contracting Party to this Convention.
2. Decisions under any Protocol shall be taken only by the Parties to the Protocol concerned. Any Contracting Party that has not ratified, accepted or approved a Protocol may participate as an observer in any meeting of the Parties to that Protocol.