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Commentary - Part I : General provisions
    [p.17] PART I


    GENERAL PROVISIONS

    The Convention is divided into six parts. Part III comprises six sections, Section II of Part III being itself split up into eight chapters.
    Like all treaties, the Geneva Conventions contain clauses of a general nature and implementing provisions.
    The two types of provisions were intermingled in the 1929 Convention, but at the time of the revision it was decided to arrange them methodically. Each of the four draft texts prepared by the International Committee of the Red Cross began with the principal provisions of a general character, in particular those which enunciated fundamental principles and so should, by rights, be repeated in the various Conventions.
    Most of the Articles in this Part are accordingly to be found in identical, or slightly modified, form in the other three Conventions.