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Convention (IV) relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War. Geneva, 12 August 1949.
[p.644] ARTICLE 7
. -- PURCHASES IN THE COUNTRY OF INTERNMENT
If the supplies of the country of internment are sufficient for the population and if wartime regulations do not paralyse private trade, it may certainly be of advantage in many cases, if only to save transport costs, for the donors to make their purchases of relief supplies on the spot. Before that could be done, however, many financial, technical or administrative difficulties would have to be overcome. Exchange regulations in particular would probably make it necessary to obtain certain exemptions from the Power of which the donors are nationals and from the Detaining Power, but these ought to be granted in view of the humanitarian purpose for which they are sought.