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Chapter 15. Military Cables

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This chapter demonstrates that military cables, regardless of ownership or use, are subject to the same regime under international law that governs submarine cables. They are entitled to the same protections and are subject to the same rights and obligations provided for in the 1884 Cable Convention, the 1958 Geneva Conventions and UNCLOS. The chapter describes the different military uses for submarine cables and examines how the international conventions that govern submarine cables address military cables. Submarine cables have long been used for telecommunications purposes between military bases. In 1967 the Soviet Union and the United Kingdom entered into an agreement for the establishment of a direct communication link between the residence of the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom in London and the Kremlin. Apart from the rights and obligations provided for in UNCLOS, there are also other international conventions which may regulate the use of military cables.

Keywords: 1884 Cable Convention; 1958 Geneva Conventions; international law; military cables; Soviet Union; submarine cables; UNCLOS; United Kingdom



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