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Agreement on international legal guarantees of free and independent implementation of activities of Mir Intergovernmental TV & Radio Company

of December 24, 1993

The State Parties of this agreement which further are referred to as with "State Parties"

being according to the Agreement on creation of Intergovernmental TV & Radio Company (MTRK) of October 9, 1992 and the Charter of Intergovernmental TV & Radio Company of January 22, 1993 founders of MTRK "World",

confirming the commitment to the conventional principles of the international exchange of information,

wishing to promote creation of general information space of the interested states,

aiming at creation of international legal guarantees of free and independent implementation of professional activity of MTRK "World" in the territories of the State Parties as the interstate organization,

understanding that such international legal guarantees are provided not for benefits of individuals, and for ensuring independent implementation of functions MTRK "World",

agreed as follows:

Article 1

For the purposes of this agreement stated below terms mean:

1. "Company" - Mir Intergovernmental TV & Radio Company and its branches in the State Parties.

2. "Representatives in the Company" - plenipotentiaries of the State Parties in the Company, and also the members of delegations of the State Parties participating in meetings and conferences held through the Company.

3. "Officials of the Company" - all persons employed in the Company and specified in the list which is transferred by the Company to competent authorities of the respective State Parties.

Article 2

1. The State Parties in the territories provide to the Company and its officials, and also representatives of the Company such privileges and immunities which are necessary for ensuring activities of the Company according to its authorized tasks.

2. Representatives in the Company and officials of the Company respect the legislation of the State Parties in the territory of which they perform the office functions, and also traditions and customs of the people of these states.

Article 3

The company, its property and assets use immunity from administrative and judicial intervention and executive actions.

Article 4

Archives and documents of the Company, and also its room are inviolable.

Article 5

The corporate property is not subject to search, requisition, confiscation and withdrawal administratively.

Article 6

1. The company, its property are exempted from the direct taxes and charges of any nature, except payments for utility and other similar services.

2. The company is exempted from customs fees and restrictions when importing and exporting objects, held for use for the purpose of, MTRK "World" provided by the Charter.

3. The company uses at least favorable conditions concerning first priority, rates and rates of mail, cable, telex, telefax, telephone communication, than those which in this state intergovernmental organizations use.

Article 7

1. Representatives in the Company use in case of accomplishment of the official functions immunity from personal arrest or detention, and also from administrative and judicial jurisdiction.

2. Office correspondence and documents of representatives in the Company are inviolable.

3. Representatives in the Company are exempted in the territories of the State Parties, except the state of the nationality, from personal duties and from taxes concerning the salary paid to them by the state of nationality.

4. Representatives in the Company are exempted in the territory of the State Parties, except the state of the nationality, from obligatory registration and registration. Their statements for issue of visas for visit of the territories of the State Parties, in case of introduction of visa regime, are considered quickly.

Article 8

Officials of the Company in case of execution of the office functions submit only to the Company.

Article 9

The officials of the Company who are not citizens of the state of stay of the Company are exempted from personal duties, and also from taxes and fees concerning the salary paid to them by the Company. They are exempted also from customs fees on the objects intended for private use including acquisition objects in case of initial entry into the state of stay of the Company, and from receipt of permission for export of the specified objects in case of final departure from this state. Their statements for issue of visas for visit of the State Parties, in case of introduction of visa regime, are considered quickly.

Article 10

1. The State Parties render assistance in provision of the Company, to representatives in the Company and the officials of the Company who are not citizens of the state of stay of the Company in obtaining office and premises, in the equipment of service premises, and also in receipt of medical care and others social and utilities according to the procedure established for intergovernmental organizations in adoptive state of the Company.

2. The provisions of Item 1 of this Article concerning medical care and others social and utilities, extend to members of families of representatives in the Company and the officials of the Company living together with them.

Article 11

The privileges and immunities necessary for ensuring activities of the Company according to its authorized tasks, are provided and implemented based on the documents issued by competent authorities of the State Party on representation to the Company.

Article 12

1. The State Parties and the Company can refuse immunity according to the representatives, and also officials if immunity interferes with implementation of justice and such refusal does not cause damage to the purposes in connection with which immunity was provided.

2. In that, as for the Company, the right of surrender from immunity of officials of the Company, except for the Chairman of the Company and board members, belongs to the Chairman of the Company.

Only general meeting of representatives in the Company can refuse immunity of the Chairman of the Company and board members.

Article 13

1. The disputes concerning interpretation and application of this agreement are permitted by negotiations or according to other procedure about which concerned parties can agree.

2. Nothing in this agreement interferes with the conclusion between the certain State Parties and the Company of the protocols concretizing application of this agreement in the territories of such State Parties.

Article 14

1. Amendments to this agreement can be proposed by any State Party.

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