Im­por­tance of rule of law in diplo­macy tack­led in fo­rum

Business Mirror - - NEWS - By Recto L. Mercene

THE Philip­pines un­der­scored the im­por­tance of the rule of law in the con­duct of diplo­macy and in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions, par­tic­u­larly in the field of dis­ar­ma­ment and col­lec­tive se­cu­rity, dur­ing a re­cent panel dis­cus­sion with the theme “Dis­ar­ma­ment and Col­lec­tive Se­cu­rity.”

As an ex­am­ple on the im­por­tance of the rule of law in dis­ar­ma­ment and col­lec­tive se­cu­rity, Am­bas­sador Ce­cilia B. Re­bong of the Philip­pine Mis­sion to the United Na­tions and other or­ga­ni­za­tions in Geneva, Switzer­land, fo­cused on the Philip­pines’s ar­bi­tra­tion case be­fore the United Na­tions tri­bunal on the Con­ven­tion of the Law of the Sea.

“Sus­tain­able peace and se­cu­rity are made pos­si­ble by a rules-based regime, gen­er­ally ac­cepted by coun­tries, that equal­izes pow­er­ful ac­tors and their less in­flu­en­tial ones. Sus­tain­able peace and se­cu­rity are di­rect prod­ucts of the rea­son and as­cen­dancy of the rule of law,” Re­bong said, adding, “dis­re­gard the rule of law and you fail in con­flict preven­tion.”

Th­ese sen­ti­ments were echoed by Michael Moller, di­rec­tor gen­eral of the United Na­tions Of­fice at Geneva, who said in his open­ing re­marks: “Dis­ar­ma­ment is not only a se­cu­rity is­sue, it is in­ter­linked with rule of law, hu­man rights, trust among oth­ers. A wholis­tic ap­proach which pri­or­i­tizes preven­tion rather than fo­cus­ing on the cure.”

The panel dis­cus­sion fo­cused on the prac­ti­cal and achiev­able steps, which dis­ar­ma­ment mech­a­nisms could pro­vide to build con­fi­dence, political trust, defuse ten­sions and bol­ster co­op­er­a­tion in an in­creas­ingly charged in­ter­na­tional en­vi­ron­ment.

Other pan­elists in­cluded: Ute Finch-Kramer, mem­ber of par­lia­ment and vice chair­man of the sub­com­mit­tee for dis­ar­ma­ment affairs of the Ger­man Bun­destag; re­tired Am­bas­sador Sergey Bat­sanov, di­rec­tor of the Pug­wash Of­fice; and Dan Plesch, di­rec­tor of the Cen­ter for In­ter­na­tional Stud­ies and Diplo­macy of the School of Ori­en­tal and Africal Stud­ies (Soas) of the Univer­sity of Lon­don.

Or­ga­nized by the Per­ma­nent Mis­sion of Canada and Soas, the event was at­tended by Soas grad­u­ate stu­dents, rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Grad­u­ate In­sti­tute of In­ter­na­tional and De­vel­op­ment Stud­ies of Geneva, the diplo­matic corps and civil so­ci­ety rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

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