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Minister of State Niels Annen attends the Oslo Forum on The End of Big Peace? Opportunities for Mediation

Discussion after the opening of the Oslo Forum by Norwegian Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide, UN Secretary-General António Guterres and Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khayre

Discussion after the opening of the Oslo Forum by Norwegian Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide, UN Secretary-General António Guterres and Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khayre, © AA

19.06.2018 - Article

Minister of State Niels Annen attended this year’s Oslo Forum. The annual retreat gives government representatives, mediators and civil society actors from all over the world an opportunity to talk in a confidential setting.

Particularly in view of increasingly internationalised and fragmented conflicts such as those in Syria, Yemen and Libya, it was important to Minister of State Annen to discuss the special challenges facing those involved in peace efforts and to underline the importance of peace mediation in resolving conflicts.

Peace mediation can help to overcome profound political and social rifts between parties to a conflict. It often creates the most important thing of all – a basis for trust.
Minister of State Annen with Omani Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah
Minister of State Annen with Omani Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah© AA

The Federal Foreign Office is increasingly using mediation as an instrument for crisis prevention and stabilisation. In recent years, it has significantly expanded its support for mediation processes worldwide and extended the capacities for such processes.

The Federal Foreign Office helps peace processes in a wide range of contexts, such as the Balkans, Yemen and Colombia. There are great expectations in the conflict regions, but also among German parliamentarians.

Minister of State Annen sees huge potential here.

We repeatedly underline the primacy of the political and that prevention is the priority. That is why we should play an active and strong role as a mediator and support the increased use of mediation approaches in conflict resolution.

The German Government aims to play a greater role in mediation

In its guidelines, “Preventing Crises, Resolving Conflicts, Building Peace”, the German Government has pledged to continue expanding its mediation capabilities and to play a greater role in mediation processes in the future. In view of Germany’s historical experience and the lessons and responsibilities arising from it, promoting peace in the world is one of the main objectives for German policymakers laid down in the Basic Law.

The spectrum of German engagement, which ranges from providing targeted support to particular peace processes and working on multilateral projects to taking on a leadership role in mediation processes, enables Germany to tailor its approach to specific conflict situations. In this way, Germany actively helps to open channels of dialogue, promote peace negotiations and implement peace agreements at various levels.


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