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    (List of Contracting Parties)

    Animated by the desire to realize the wish expressed by the first Peace Conference respecting the bombardment by naval forces of undefended ports, towns, and villages;
    Whereas it is expedient that bombardments by naval forces should be subject to rules of general application which would safeguard the rights of the inhabitants and assure the preservation of the more important buildings, by applying as far as Possible to this operation of war the principles of the Regulation of 1899 respecting the laws and customs of land war;
    Actuated, accordingly, by the desire to serve the interests of humanity and to diminish the severity and disasters of war;
    Have resolved to conclude a Convention to this effect, and have, for this purpose, appointed the following as their Plenipotentiaries:

    (Here follow the names of Plenipotentiaries)

    Who, after depositing their full powers, gound in good and due form, have agreed upon the following provisions:


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