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' The High Contracting Parties, '

' Recalling ' that the humanitarian principles enshrined in Article 3 common to the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949, constitute the foundation of respect for the human person in cases of armed conflict not of an international character,

' Recalling ' furthermore that international instruments relating to human rights offer a basic protection to the human person,

' Emphasizing ' the need to ensure a better protection for the victims of those armed conflicts,

' Recalling ' that, in cases not covered by the law in force, the human person remains under the protection of the principles of humanity and the dictates of the public conscience,

' Have agreed ' on the following:

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