252. Declaration Issued by the Second Suez Canal Conference at London, September 21, 19561

The members of the Suez Canal Users Association (SCUA) shall be those nations which have participated in the second London Suez Conference and which subscribe to the present Declaration, and any other adhering nations which conform to criteria to be laid down hereafter by the Association.
SCUA shall have the following purposes:
To facilitate any steps which may lead to a final or provisional solution of the Suez Canal problem and to assist the members in the exercise of their rights as users of the Suez Canal in consonance [Page 558] with the 1888 Convention, with due regard for the rights of Egypt;
To promote safe, orderly, efficient and economical transit of the Canal by vessels of any member nation desiring to avail themselves of the facilities of SCUA and to seek the cooperation of the competent Egyptian authorities for this purpose;
To extend its facilities to vessels of non-member nations which desire to use them;
To receive, hold and disburse the revenues accruing from dues and other sums which any user of the Canal may pay to SCUA, without prejudice to existing rights, pending a final settlement;
To consider and report to members regarding any significant developments affecting the use or non-use of the Canal;
To assist in dealing with any practical problems arising from the failure of the Suez Canal adequately to serve its customary and intended purpose and to study forthwith means that may render it feasible to reduce dependence on the Canal;
To facilitate the execution of any provisional solution of the Suez problem that may be adopted by the United Nations.
To carry out the above mentioned purposes:
The members shall consult together in a Council on which each member will be represented;
The Council shall establish an Executive Group to which it may delegate such powers as it deems appropriate;
An Administrator, who shall, inter alia, make the necessary arrangements with shipping interests, will be appointed to serve under the direction of the Council through the Executive Group.
Membership may at any time be terminated by giving 60 days’ notice.
  1. Source: Conference doc. SUEZ II/56/D/10; Department of State, Conference Files: Lot 62 D 181, CF 782. Also printed in The Suez Canal Problem, July 26–September 22, 1956, pp. 365–366.