The CMS Secretariat is pleased to welcome
The Gambia, São Tomé and Principe as well
as Lithuania as new Parties to CMS.
The Depository for CMS has informed the Secretariat
that The Gambia's accession entered into force 1 August
2001 while São Tomé and Principe's ratification
entered into force 1 December 2001. Lithuania also deposited
its instrument of accession recently and the Convention
will enter into force on 1 February 2002.
With these new Parties the membership of CMS
has grown to 79 Parties as of 1 February 2002.