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Good Offices


in international law, a means of peacefully resolving disputes between states. By good offices is meant the assistance of a state or international body in establishing contact or beginning direct negotiations between the disputing parties, with the aim of the peaceful settlement of the conflict. Good offices are in the nature of advice that is not binding on the disputing parties. A state rendering its good offices essentially takes no part in the negotiations themselves or in the examination of the dispute. Good offices are thus distinguished from mediation.

Good offices may be offered in peacetime as well as wartime. An example of the use of good offices—which has had great progressive significance for international relations—is the Soviet Union’s good offices that led to the meeting of Indian and Pakistani representatives and to the signing of the Tashkent Declaration of 1966. The basic procedures for offering good offices are set forth in the Hague Conventions of 1899 and 1907. Under the UN Charter, the UN Security Council in particular may offer its good offices to disputing parties (arts. 33, 36, and 38 of the UN Charter).


Kurs mezhdunarodnogo prava, 2nd ed. Moscow, 1966.


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Spokesman of the Good Offices Mission, Michel Bonnardeaux, told the Cyprus News Agency that Eide would attend a dinner with the two leaders on Tuesdayevening at the United Nations Special Representative's Residence at the UNPA in Nicosia, and the following day he would attend the leaders` meeting before departingon Thursdayevening.
Unfortunately, while Turkey exploited the good offices mission to upgrade the pseudo state, our side, believing in the United Nations, made a series of concessions.
For over three years Michel served with distinction as Spokesperson and Chief of the Public Information Office in UNFICYP and the Good Offices Mission in Cyprus.
At the audience, Abu-Laila thanked the monarch on behalf of his tribe for his keenness on and continuous follow-up of the situations of his citizens at home and outside, citing the monarch's successful endeavor, using his good offices to the Emir of Qatar, that resulted in the release of Saudi prisoners in Qatar and sending them home.
In letters to the UN Secretary-General and the President of the Security Council, Mansour complained about the concerted crimes - such as murder, land grab and aggression - that Israel and its illegal settlers are committing against the Palestinian civilians in the West Bank, and urged them to use their good offices to put an end to such practices.
If my good offices are needed, I'm always available,'' Annan told reporters.
it also referred to the UN Secretary-General`s Good Offices Mission,w which was continuing efforts to support the reunification of Cyprus as a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation during the reporting period.
Minister Terro informed the President that the Druze-Christian reconciliation recently launched by Walid Jumblatt in the mountain village of Breeh,(thanks to President Sleiman's good offices,) will be completed this Spring.
The special envoy will provide good offices aimed at bringing an end to all violence and human-rights violations, and promoting a peaceful solution to the Syrian crisis," the joint statement said.
Talks during the meeting tackled the latest developments in the region, particularly the crisis in Lebanon, with the three leaders affirming keenness on finding a solution to this crisis based on the Syrian-Saudi good offices to achieve accord among the Lebanese and prevent escalation.
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The members of the Council will be informed by the UN Secretary General's Special Adviser on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide on his efforts with regard to the Cyprus problem, in the framework of the UN Good Offices mission.