“The challenge of the Olso negotiations was that the UK was suspected because of our known dislike of taking negotiations outside the established UN framework. Many feared we had come to water down if not wreck the outcome they so passionately wanted. That this was not the case was only really accepted in the final hours of the negotiation.
And the final outcome more than justified the effort. Diplomacy is as I’ve commented before, fundamentally about people and the world is a better place for the existence of the Oslo Treaty and its predecessor the Ottawa Landmines Treaty, both of which banned weapons that injure innocent civilians such as Song Kosal, often long after a conflict has ended. I doubt I will forget the joy on the faces of the Cluster Munition’s survivors (below) when we succesfully concluded the Oslo negotiations in Dublin two years ago”