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Commentary of 1952 

Unlike earlier practice, an accession operates today in the same manner as a ratification. Like the latter, it takes effect six months after it has been deposited, and it is once again the Swiss Federal Council which is responsible for receiving accessions and notifying the other Powers.
Article 61 does not specify, as Article 57 does in the case of ratifications, that the federal Council is to draw up a record of each accession, nor that it must transmit a copy of the record to other States. But there is no reason, in practice, for not observing the same forms in both methods of becoming a party to the Convention.
If the accession is accompanied by reservations, the latter will be dealt with in the same manner as reservations made at the time of ratification. (1)

* (1) [(2) p.409] See above, page 404;