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Accession by Turkey to the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (Paris, 20 October 2005)

On 2 November 2017, Turkey deposited with the Director-General its instrument of accession to the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions.

The instrument of accession was accompanied by the following reservations and declarations:


"The Republic of Turkey reserves the right to interpret and apply paragraph 1 of Article 7 of the Convention in accordance with the related provisions of the Constitution of the Republic of Turkey and the Treaty of Lausanne of 24 July 1923 and its Appendixes."

Reservation in respect of Article 20:

"This Convention shall be interpreted and applied in a manner that is consistent with the rights and obligations of the Republic of Turkey under other treaties to which it is a party and it shall not prejudice the right of the Republic of Turkey to freely negotiate treaties".


"The Republic of Turkey declares that there does not exist any group of people in its territory which could be considered as "indigenous peoples" within the framework of the Convention."

"The Republic of Turkey declares, within the scope of paragraph 4 of Article 25 of the Convention, that it does not recognize the conciliation procedure provided for in paragraph 3 of Article 25 of the Convention." ”
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In accordance with the terms of its Article 29, the aforementioned Convention will enter into force with respect to Turkey three months after the date of the deposit of its instrument, that is to say on 2 February 2018.

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Author(s) Office of International Standards and Legal Affairs
Publication Date 21 Nov 2017
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