“Diplomacy remains the best tool for resolving conflicts” - Minister Evarist Bartolo during the Antalya Diplomacy Forum

“Diplomacy remains the best tool for resolving conflicts” - Minister Evarist Bartolo during the Antalya Diplomacy Forum

Reference Number: PR211169, Press Release Issue Date: Jun 19, 2021
 
The Minister for Foreign and European Affairs took part in the Antalya Diplomacy Forum on the Eastern Mediterranean.

He said that Malta gave birth to the International Law of the Sea and that Malta remains in favour of the peaceful resolution of any cross-border and maritime disputes over oil and gas at sea, through negotiations and within the framework of the law and not through the use of force.

Minister Bartolo held that Malta also believes that the United Nations should not be undermined by weakening its resolutions by changing realities on the ground.

In this context, he added that if there is a need for a reality check to see if they are still relevant and if there is a need to change the resolutions they should be changed by a process within the United Nations and not through unilateral actions which violate UN resolutions.

Minister Bartolo concluded that diplomacy, patience, the ability to understand an adversary, the pursuit of the common interest, compromise, and respect for each other remain the best weapons - instead of those of war - to resolve disputes between countries.

Minister for Foreign and European Affairs Evarist Bartolo participating in the Antalya Diplomacy Forum