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Text of the Antarctic Treaty

The Governments of Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Chile,
                                             the French
Republic, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, the Union of South Africa, the
Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, the United Kingdom
                                             of Great
Britain
                                             and Northern Ireland, and the United States of America,
 
 Recognizing that it is in the interest of all mankind
                                             that
Antarctica shall continue for ever to be used exclusively
                                             for peaceful
purposes and shall not become the scene or object of international
discord;
 
 Acknowledging the substantial
                                             contributions to scientific
knowledge resulting from international cooperation in scientific
investigation in Antarctica;
 
 Convinced that the establishment of a firm foundation for the
continuation and
                                             development of such cooperation on the basis of
freedom of scientific investigation in Antarctica as applied during
the International Geophysical Year accords
                                             with the interests of
science and the progress of all mankind;
 
 Convinced also that a treaty ensuring the use of Antarctica
for peaceful purposes only and the continuance of international
harmony in Antarctica will further the purposes and principles
embodied in the Charter
                                             of the United Nations;
 

 


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