Consistency in Diplomacy
1. In the international arena at the present time, the speed and intensity of the changes resulting from globalization and the multiplicity of actions and trading relations and, above all, the extraordinary effects of the communications revolution, has introduced sharp changes in the orientation, design and implementation of international relations.
2. In a world that has become “tight but diverse” it is an indisputable fact that diplomacy, as he executor of the State’s foreign policy has acquired primary importance. There are now numerous international and even daring opportunities that the State can take advantage of to conduct trade, to cooperate in various fields and to acquire the necessary knowledge to develop harmony between other States.
3. It is clear that consistency in diplomacy is a key principle, due to the diversity and complexity of the issues made by the State today. It is necessary to remember that diplomacy is neither an invention nor the thought of any given political system, but an essential element in any rational relationship between nations.
4. In practical terms, the Foreign Ministry, with a sense of responsibility and consonant with the public trust of the nation’s citizens, manages international issues consistently with the care and restraint of the required actions.
5. Accordingly, States are often represented abroad by its “more worthy” citizens who for very obvious reasons are considered for such appointments. The receiving States must provide these envoys with the privileges and immunities, essential for the effectiveness of the management of their missions and their diplomatic actions.
6. While diplomats work out the principles of foreign policy of their States, a most important part in the formulation and modification of such a policy is enabled through their reports from their posts abroad.
7. Undoubtedly, procedures of diplomacy are in effect today because of their essential advantages for communication among States, with necessary adjustments imposed by the evolution of techniques and customs. All of these are essentials of the principles, standards and procedures of diplomatic practice.
8. In the same direction, governments still tend to ignore the “unofficial emissaries” and to question their authority, but in the case of diplomatic missions they are required to take account of the authority and representation of these emissaries acting in accordance with the existing rules of international coexistence and according to the principle of reciprocity.
9. Governments, Foreign Ministries and embassies are in these changing times beset by “intermediaries” offering all kinds of services, contacts and even confidential information. These offers must be carefully screened before any “formal” arrangements are reached with such “intermediaries.” The effectiveness of these arrangements is sometimes very useful.
10. There are also times when a “parallel diplomacy” is practised through the efforts made abroad by state institutions, without the direction, control or knowledge of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. These actions run counter to the fundamental principle of unity of action outside of the State and even conceptual contradictions are noticed critically by foreign governments.
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