States Parties shall fulfil in good faith the obligations assumed under
this Convention and shall exercise the rights, jurisdiction and freedoms
recognized in this Convention in a manner which would not constitute an
abuse of right.
Good faith and abuse of rights
In exercising their rights and performing their duties under this
Convention, States Parties shall refrain from any threat or use of force
against the territorial integrity or political independence of any State,
or in any other manner inconsistent with the principles of international
law embodied in the Charter of the United Nations.
Peaceful uses of the seas
Without prejudice to the right of a State Party to resort to the procedures
for the settlement of disputes provided for in this Convention, nothing in
this Convention shall be deemed to require a State Party, in the fulfilment
of its obligations under this Convention, to supply information the
disclosure of which is contrary to the essential interests of its security.
Disclosure of information
1. States have the duty to protect objects of an archaeological and
historical nature found at sea and shall co-operate for this purpose.
historical objects found at sea
2. In order to control traffic in such objects, the coastal State may, in
applying article 33, presume that their removal from the sea-bed in the
zone referred to in that article without its approval would result in an
infringement within its territory or territorial sea of the laws and
regulations referred to in that article.
3. Nothing in this article affects the rights of identifiable owners, the
law of salvage or other rules of admiralty, or laws and practices with
respect to cultural exchanges.
4. This article is without prejudice to other international agreements and
rules of international law regarding the protection of objects of an
archaeological and historical nature.
The provisions of this Convention regarding responsibility and liability
for damage are without prejudice to the application of existing rules and
the development of further rules regarding responsibility and liability
under international law.
Responsibility and liability for damage
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