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Preamble
    The Governments of the Republics represented at the Sixth International Conference of America States, held in the City of Havana, Republic of Cuba, in the year 1928;
    Desiring that, in case war breaks out-between two or more states the other states may, in the service of peace, offer their good offices or mediation to bring the conflict to an end, without such an action being considered as an unfriendly act;
    Convinced that in case this aim cannot be attained, neutral states have equal interest in having their rights respected by the belligerents;
    Considering that neutrality is the juridical situation of states which do not take part in the hostilities, and that it creates rights and imposes obligations of impartiality, which should be regulated;
    Recognizing that international solidarity requires that the liberty of commerce should be always respected, avoiding as far as Possible unnecessary burdens for the neutrals;
    It being convenient, that as long as this object is not reached, to reduce those burdens as much as possible; and
    In the hope that it will be possible to regulate the matter so that all interests concerned may have every desired guaranty;
    Have resolved to formulate a convention to that effect and have appointed the following Plenipotentiaries:

    (Here follow the names of Plenipotentiaries)

    Who, after having presented their credentials, which were found in good and correct form, have agreed upon the following provisions:


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