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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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The Security Council welcomes the Secretary-General's willingness, and expresses its full support, for his Good Offices to remain available to assist the sides, should they jointly decide to re-engage in negotiations with the necessary political will, as stated in his report of 28 September 2017.
Good offices is a standing offer," UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said earlier this week, underscoring that the secretary general's good offices worked only when both parties agreed to mediation.
A'All ambassadors expressed their support for BinomarA's good offices to bridge the gap and help the Yemeni parties reach a compromise in a bid to overcome this crisis,A' the statement said.
He said that the meeting has appreciated the reconciliation document and called for continuing the efforts of Rezaigat good offices committee for boosting the efforts of peaceful co-existence, meanwhile, the participants at the meeting has claimed the participation of the good office committee in the preparation for the Miseria reconciliation conference due to be held in early September in Foula town.
The latest report of the UN Secretary General, which has been given to the members of the Security Council on New Year's Eve, does not include anything about his good offices mission.
Rabat - Turkey's position over the Sahara issue remains unchanged, said, Monday in Rabat, visiting Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, adding that his country does not recognize the Polisario but stands ready to offer its good offices to help resolve the conflict.
Ajmal said he is hopeful that Sharif will use his good offices in convincing international teams to tour Pakistan and end sporting isolation of this sports loving nation.
Al-Moallem told Brahimi that in spite of the difficulty of his mission, the success of his good offices is based on how serious some states, which tasked him with the mission, and how credible these states are in helping Syria.
September 12, 2012 (KHARTOUM) -- An African Union Good Offices team has launched an initiative aiming to support Khartoum and Juba in their negotiations to reach an agreement over the border contested zones.
The good offices of Mason and Gerald Martin Funeral Directors, and the care that was sincerely appreciated and received from the Dovecote Nursing Home at Rowlands Gill.
Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri will soon launch his good offices with Lebanese leaders and feuding parties in an attempt to help find solutions for the country's problems, said Elias Dairy, a political analyst with the opposition newspaper AN NAHAR.
MAY I thank Joyce Exley for her considered and gentle reproof regarding my lack of understanding of how complex people are, and also for the criticism from her good offices of grammar and etiquette (Daily Post, letters August 8).