27.1 Most of this book describes the diplomatic practice of States in conducting their relations with other States either bilaterally or within a multilateral framework. The independent conduct of foreign relations—through diplomacy among other means—is a key element of becoming, and being accepted as an independent sovereign State. To a limited extent, however, international organizations may also be actors in the field and may carry out some of the functions which flow from acceptance as a sovereign State—making formal statements and representations on...
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