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Remarks At The Kennedy Center On The Occasion Of The Presentation Of An Ancient Amphora By The Cyprus Government

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This essay details the reflections on the role of international law in the world by the author, who practised both bilateral and multilateral diplomacy in the service of his country and who is strongly convinced that international law has a very important role to play in diplomacy and international affairs. Much thinking and soul-searching is going on in various forums, national and international, as to where the United Nations stands and where it is going after 50 years of its existence. International law does indeed play an important role in diplomacy and international affairs. The rules of international law must keep pace with the evolving conditions of international life. The role of newly independent States is instrumental and has been constructive in developing such rules. The role of the Legal Advisers to Foreign Ministries is essential and their opinion in any given situation should be sought.

Keywords:diplomacy; international community; International Law; International Law Commission; Security Council; United Nations


Cyprus has served on the Advisory Committee for the bulk of the period and has endeavoured, in a very modest way, to contribute to its successful conduct financially and through its inclusion under the UN Decade of International Law, of which it formed an important part. It is of great value for advanced students, law professors and government officials, primarily from developing countries, in updating and deepening their knowledge of developments in international law, in exchanging and sharing information and in familiarizing themselves with the legal work of the United Nations and its associated bodies. It endorses the recommendations regarding the continuation of the Programme in the biennium 2004-2005 and urges its full financial backing, both through the UN regular budget and through voluntary contributions by States. The draft resolution proposed by the Chairman of the Advisory Committee is being supported.

Keywords:Advisory Committee; Cyprus; International Law; United Nations Programme




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