Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations

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The States Parties to the present Convention,
Recalling that peoples of all nations from ancient times have recognized the status of diplomatic
agents,
Having in mind the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations concerning the
sovereign equality of States, the maintenance of international peace and security, and the promotion of
friendly relations among nations,
Believing that an international convention on diplomatic intercourse, privileges and immunities
would contribute to the development of friendly relations among nations, irrespective of their differing
constitutional and social systems,
Realizing that the purpose of such privileges and immunities is not to benefit individuals but to
ensure the efficient performance of the functions of diplomatic missions as representing States,
Affirming that the rules of customary international law should continue to govern questions not
expressly regulated by the provisions of the present Convention,

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