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The Laws of War on Land. Oxford, 9 September 1880.
Part I : General principles - Art. 3.
Art. 3. Every belligerent armed force is bound to conform to the laws of war.
' The only legitimate end that States may have in war being to weaken the military strength of the enemy ' (Declaration of St. Petersburg, 1868), ' '