?On May 16, 2013, H.E. Ambassador Arif Havas Oegroseno was one of the panelists in a debate on diplomacy entitled "The role of diplomacy in the reduction of conflicts in the world, anno 2013" which was organised by Vrije Universiteit Brussels' Model United Nations Team (VUBMUN).
Other panelists were H.E. Henne Schuwer (Ambassador of the Netherlands), Mr. Abbas Golriz (Counsellor at the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran), Mr. Michael Adonia Moscovici (Spokeperson of the German Embassy) and Mr. Pieter Stockmans (journalist and coordinator of the Israeli/Palestine team of Amnesty International Vlaanderen). The moderator of the debate was Mr. Delwaide Jacobus (PhD Political Science).
The debate covered major conflicts around the world today, with critical eyes directed to the role of diplomacy in each conflict. Different views were presented, different claims were made. Will there be a permanent solution to the conflict in the South China Sea? No, said Ambassador Oegroseno, at least not in the near future. How about the threat of North Korea? It is unsolvable without China, underlined Ambassador Oegroseno. The concept of responsibility to protect was questionable, said Mr. Abbas Golriz. Why don't Iran admit its involevement in the deteriorated situation in Syria? Mr. Pieter Stockmans protested.
The debate concluded that diplomacy did and do work in the prevention, management and resolution in some conflicts but its effectiveness is limited in other conflicts. It is not the only way to solve a conflict.
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