International Atomic Energy Agency
Information Circular
(Unofficial electronic edition)
12 July 1993

Original: SPANISH

Amendments to the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America

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  1. The Special Session of the General Conference of the Agency for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America and the Caribbean approved, on 26, August 1992, amendments to Articles 14, 15, 16, 19 and 20 of the Tlatelolco Treaty[*].

  2. The Annex to this document contains the amended articles, which are now open for signature.

  3. The Government of Mexico, in its capacity as depositary of the Tlatelolco Treaty, has requested the International Atomic Energy Agency to circulate the amendment for the information of all Member States.

Amendments to the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America

(Translation provided by OPANAL)

Amended version of Articles 14, 15, 16, 19 and 20 of the Tlatelolco Treaty

Article 14

  2. The Contracting Parties to the Treaty shall simultaneously transmit to the Agency a copy of the reports submitted to the International Atomic Energy Agency which relate to matters subject of this Treaty that are relevant to the work of the Agency.
  3. The information furnished by the Contracting Parties shall not be, totally or partially, disclosed or transmitted to third parties, by the addressees of the reports, except when the Contracting Parties give their express consent.

Article 15

  1. At the request of any of the Contracting Parties and with the authorization of the Council, the General Secretary may request any of the Contracting Parties to provide the Agency with complementary or supplementary information regarding any extraordinary event or circumstance which affects the compliance with this Treaty, explaining his reasons. The Contracting Parties undertake to co-operate promptly and fully with the General Secretary.

  2. The General Secretary shall inform the Council and the Contracting Parties forthwith of such requests and of the respective replies.

Text: replacing existing Article 16:

Article 16

  1. The International Atomic Energy Agency has the power of carrying out special inspections in accordance with Article 12 and with the agreements referred to in Article 13 of this Treaty.

  2. At the request of any of the Contracting Parties and in accordance with the procedures established in Article 15 of this Treaty, the Council may submit for the consideration of the International Atomic Energy Agency a request that the necessary mechanisms be put into operation to carry out a special inspection.

  3. The General Secretary shall request the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency to transmit to him in a timely manner the information forwarded to the Board of Governors of the IAEA relating to the conclusion of the special inspection. The General Secretary shall make this information available to the Council promptly.

  4. The Council, through the General Secretary, shall transmit this information to all the Contracting Parties.

Article 19

  1. The Agency may conclude such agreements with the International Atomic Energy Agency, as are authorized by the General Conference and as it considers likely to facilitate the efficient operation of the Control System established by this Treaty.

    The remaining paragraphs of Article 19 are then renumbered as a new Article 20, with consequential renumbering of subsequent Articles.

Article 20

  1. The Agency may also enter into relations with any international organization or body, especially any which may be established in the future to supervise disarmament or measures for the control of armaments in any part of the world.

  2. The Contracting Parties may, if they see fit, request the advice of the Inter-American Nuclear Energy Commission on all technical matters connected with the application of this Treaty with which the Commission is competent to deal under its Statute.

[*] Published in the United Nations Treaty Series, Vol. 634, No. 9068; in the IAEA Legal Series, Vol. 9; and in IAEA document GOV/INF/179.