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IN presenting to the Arbitral Tribunal the Counter-Case on behalf of Great Britain, Her Majesty's Government desire to call attention to the fact that the Venezuelan Case contains a
5 number of references, particularly in the notes, to the Report of the United States' Commission and to the Report of Professor Burr presented to that Commission.
It must be borne in mind that the statements 10 contained in those Reports and the inferences founded thereon are not in any way binding upon the Governments of Great Britain or Venezuela, and must be tested by the evidence by which they are supported,
15 Moreover, since those Reports were prepared, a large number of documents bearing on the case and a great body of evidence have been collected. These documents and this evidence were not before the United States' Commission. 20 Her Majesty's Government have therefore abstained in this Counter-Case from discussing the
passages cited from the Report of the United States' Commission and of Professor Burr, and 5 have confined themselves to commenting upon
the statements made in the Venezuelan Case and
the evidence referred to in that Case or contained in the Appendix to it.