Qatar on my mind

Manila Times - - OPINION - Of­fices,’ good

and de­struc­tion. The sim­ple ges­ture is now known in the world of en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion as ‘wet­lands for dis­as­ter re­silience’.

Guided by the third pil­lar of Philip­pine diplo­macy, the Em­bassy was, apart from its at­ten­tion to prob­lems faced by OFWs, most co­op­er­a­tive in ex­tend­ing as­sis­tance, when re­quested, by other Asian em­bassies. Aware as they were of the ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence of the Philip­pines on the sub­ject, they were most grate­ful when is­sues con­fronting their own over­seas work­ers were re­solved ap­ply­ing the Philip­pine ex­pe­ri­ence. Most of­ten, other em­bassies won­der at how la­bor be­came the third pil­lar of our diplo­macy. Theirs rely solely at­taché in their mis­sions.

With the brief back­ground on my at­tach­ment to Qatar, it can­not be helped that the place was fore­most in my mind when the boy­cott in trade and do­mes­tic re­la­tions im­me­di­ately fol­lowed by the cut-off of land, sea and air routes and the con­comi­tant break-up of di­plo­matic ties were launched by its neigh­bors against the small but en­ergy-gi­ant Gulf state. While the eyes of the world are fo­cused on the US as prime ne­go­tia­tor, friendly coun­tries have not been want- ing in ef­forts to ex­tend a hand, Kuwait, Ger­many and Iran.

With so many av­enues for peace­ful set­tle­ment of in­ter­na­tional dis­putes avail­able in in­ter­na­tional law (‘

ne­go­ti­a­tion, me­di­a­tion, in­quiry, con­cil­i­a­tion, etc.) “in such a man­ner that in­ter­na­tional peace and se­cu­rity, and jus­tice, are not en­dan­gered,” I am op­ti­mistic the Gulf states’ is­sues will be re­solved via non-ju­di­cial or di­plo­matic meth­ods.

And then, again, as in olden times, brother­hood will reign supreme in those fa­bled Arab lands with guar­an­tees of equal sta­tus as play­ers in in­ter­na­tional af­fairs. i.e.

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