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Preamble
    (List of Contracting Parties)

    Inspired by the principle of the freedom of sea routes, the common highway of all nations;
    Seeing that, although the existing position of affairs makes it impossible to forbid the employment of automatic submarine contact mines, it is nevertheless desirable to restrict and regulate their employment in order to mitigate the severity of war and to ensure, as far as possible, to peaceful navigation the security to which it is entitled, despite the existence of war;
    Until such time as it is found possible to formulate rules on the subject which shall ensure to the interests involved all the guarantees desirable;
    Have resolved to conclude a Convention for this purpose, and have appointed the following as their Plenipotentiaries:

    (Here follow the names of Plenipotentiaries)

    Who, after having deposited their full powers, found in good and due form, have agreed upon the following provisions:


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