The Convention entered into force on 26 December 1996, 90 days after the fiftieth country ratified it. Burundi and Argentina submitted their instruments of ratification on the first day of INCD-10, bringing the total number to 60. Executive Secretary Diallo pointed out that in order for countries to participate as Parties to the Convention at COP- 1, they have to submit their instruments of ratification by 29 June 1997. A number of countries indicated that their ratification processes were being completed. The countries that have ratified or acceded to the Convention, in chronological order, are: Mexico, Cape Verde, the Netherlands, Egypt, Senegal, Ecuador, Lesotho, Finland, Togo, Tunisia, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, Peru, Sudan, Canada, Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland, Niger, Mauritius, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Spain, Micronesia, Israel, Portugal, Panama, Lebanon, Algeria, the Gambia, Malawi, Germany, Libya, Oman, Bolivia, Mauritania, Eritrea, Benin, Norway, Mongolia, Central African Republic, Gabon, Botswana, Turkmenistan, Zambia, Laos, Haiti, Chad, Swaziland, Nepal, the UK, Jordan, Morocco, India, Ghana, Myanmar, Burundi and Argentina.