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Preamble
    The High Contracting Parties,

    Recognizing that cultural property has suffered grave damage during recent armed conflicts and that, by reason of the developments in the technique of warfare, it is in increasing danger of destruction;
    Being convinced that damage to cultural property belonging to any people whatsoever means damage to the cultural heritage of all mankind, since each people makes its contribution to the culture of the world;
    Considering that the preservation of the cultural heritage is of great importance for all peoples of the world and that it is important that this heritage should receive international protection;
    Guided by the principles concerning the protection of cultural property during armed conflict, as established in the Conventions of The Hague of 1899 and of 1907 and in the Washington Pact of 15 April 1935;
    Being of the opinion that such protection cannot be effective unless both national and international measures have been taken to organize it in time of peace;
    Being determined to take all possible steps to protect cultural property;
    Have agreed upon the following provisions:


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