All states may lay submarine cables and pipelines on the bed of the high seas beyond the continental shelf1. Every state must legislate so as to make the breaking or injury by a ship flying its flag, or by a person subject to its jurisdiction2, of a submarine cable, wilfully or through culpable negligence, so as to impede telegraphic or telephonic communications, or the breaking or injury of a pipeline or high voltage power cable, a punishable offence3. Every state must legislate so as to ensure that persons subject to its jurisdiction who, being owners of a cable or
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