I have the honour to acknowledge receipt of Your Excellency's letter of 26 June in which you draw my attention to the resolution of the Sixth Committee of the United Nations Genera1 Assembly, concerning privileges and immunities to be granted to the International Court of Justice.
I was much pleased to note that Your Excellency was good enough to mention that the conversations that took place between representatives of the Court and representatives of my Ministry were marked by a continuance of the excellent relations that prevail by tradition between international judicial organizations and Her Majesty's Government, and I hasten to assure Your Excellency that Her Majesty's Government also has a happy recollection of the relations that existed between it and the Permanent Court of International Justice.
In accordance with Your Excellency's request, I wish to confirm that the annex attached to your above-mentioned letter fully corresponds to the agreement reached during the conversations and exactly reproduces the Netherlands Government's views on the subject.
I note with much satisfaction that in the report in which the Court forwards its recommendations concerning privileges and immunities-re questing the Secretary-General of the United Nations to beg the General Assembly to declare the agreement reached between the Netherlands Government and the Court entirely satisfactory-special mention is made of the liberal traditions of the Netherlands in this matter.
With reference to the last paragraph of Your Excellency's letter above mentioned, I beg to confirm that it is understood that the question of precedence, formerly dealt with in paragraph IV of the General Principles attached to the exchange of letters between the President of the Permanent Court of International Justice and the Foreign Minister of the Netherlands, dated 22 May 1928, remains outside the present Agreement.
(Signed) J. H. VAN ROIJEN.