The Nordic countries, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Sweden and Norway, once again commend the International Law Commission for the adoption in 2006 of the draft articles on diplomatic protection.
Pursuant to General Assembly resolution 61/35 of 4 December 2006, the Nordic countries have submitted their comments concerning the final form in which the articles on diplomatic protection should be adopted. I would, however, like to briefly reiterate our position in relation to this topic.
The draft articles meet the general satisfaction of the Nordic countries. In our view, the articles strike a good balance between the codification and the progressive development of international law in the field of diplomatic protection.
The Nordic countries continue to believe that the General Assembly should follow the recommendation of the International Law Commission and, in a relatively short time, adopt the draft articles in the form of a convention. A convention on diplomatic protection would enhance legal clarity and predictability in this important field of law.
We have also taken due note of the diverging views that have been presented in the Secretary General’s reports (A/62/118 and its addendum). The Nordic countries stand ready to consider every option that safeguards the core elements of the articles and which ensures their position as a source of inspiration and guidance for States in exercising the right to diplomatic protection.
Thank you, Mr Chairman.