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United States Department of State / Papers relating to the foreign relations of the United States with the address of the president to Congress December 8, 1914
(1914)

Netherlands,   pp. 924-939 PDF (6.0 MB)


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924NETHERLANDS. 
SECOND INTERNATIONAL OPIUM CONFERENCE: FINAL PROTOCOL. 
THIRD INTERNATIONAL OPIUM CONFERENCE: REPORT OF THE 
AMERICAN DELEGATES; FINAL PROTOCOL; PROTOCOL FOR PUTTING INTO EFFECT THE
INTERNATIONAL OPIUM CONVENTION.1 
 File No. 511.4a1/1429. 
The Chargé d'Affaires of the Netherlands to the Secretanj of State.2
[Translation.] 
LEGATION OF THE NETHERLANDS, 
Bar Harbor, September 2~, 1913. 
 MR. SECRETARY OF STATE: * * * J have the honor. to transmit herewith to
your excellency a certified copy of the Final Protocol of the Second International
Opium Conference, 1913. 
I have [etc.] 
F. M. SCHMOLCK. 
[Inclosure—Translatjon.] 
Final Protocol of the Second International Opium Conference, 1913. 
 The Second International Opium Conference, convoked by the Government of
the Netherlands by virtue of Article 23 of the International Opium Convention,5
met at The Hague, in the Palace of the Counts, July 1, 1913. 
 The Governments enumerated below took part in the Conference, for which
they had designated the following-named delegates: 
 [Here follow names of Governments and delegates.] 
 In a series of meetings held from the 1st to the 9th the conference after
examination of the question put before it by paragraph 2 of Article 23 of
the International Opium Convention of January 23, 1912— 
I. Decided that ratifications may be deposited from this moment. 
II. Unanimously adopted the following resolution: 
RESOLUTION. 
 Desirous of following up in the path opened by the international commission
of Shanghai of 1909 and the first conference of 1912 at The Hague, the progressive
suppression of the abuse of opium, morphine, cocaine, as well as of drugs
prepared with or derived from those substances, and deeming It more than
ever necessary and mutually advantageous to have an international agreement
on that point, the Second International Conference— 
 1. Utters a wish that the Government of the Netherlands be pleased to call
to the attention of the Governments of Austria-Hungary, Norway, and Sweden
the fact that the signature, ratification, drawing up of legislative measures,
and putting the convention into force constitute four distinct stages which
permit of those powers giving their supplemental signatures even now. 
 Indeed, it is seen from articles 23 and 24 that a period of six months is
allowed to run between the going into effect of the convention and the drawing
up of the bills, regulations, and other measures contemplated in the convention.
Furthermore, the third paragraph of article 24 gives the contracting powers
the liberty to reach an agreement, after ratification, upon the date on which
the said legislative measures shall go into effect. Besides we can not refrain
from remarking that the difficulties foreseen by Austria-Hungary, Norway,
and Sweden with respect to their legislation 
 1 Continued from For. Rel. 1913, pp. 21~—283. 
 Id., 282, next to last paragraph. 
 For. Rel. 1912, p. 202. 


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