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Part II : Application of general principles #IV. Persons interned in neutral territory - Art. 79.
' It is universally admitted that a neutral State cannot, without compromising its neutrality,
lend aid to either belligerent, or permit them to make use of its territory. On the other hand,
considerations of humanity dictate that asylum should not be refused to individuals who take
refuge in neutral territory to escape death or captivity. Hence the following provisions,
calculated to reconcile the opposing interests involved. '

Art. 79. A neutral State on whose territory troops or individuals belonging to the armed forces of the belligerents take refuge should intern them, as far as possible, at a distance from the theatre of war.
It should do the same towards those who make use of its territory for military operations or services.

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