11.1 Two questions arise for the diplomatic agent who wishes to cross a third State on his way to or from the State where he has been appointed. Does international law give him an automatic right of passage, at least in time of peace, and is he entitled to any special privileges and immunities while he is passing through? Practice on both matters varied considerably at different periods. 11.2 During the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries it was the custom for diplomats who wished to cross foreign territory on the way to their post, and indeed for private persons,...
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