Message (diplomacy)

sign “Federal Republic of Germany - message”

a message is the diplomatic agency of a state at the seat of the government of another state or at the seat of an international organization.

The building of the agency is called likewise message (also: “Kanzlei”). It is seat of the Ambassador. To the contact care and for the completion of functions of the administration (Konsularfragen, like e.g. Visa exhibition) can maintain a state also additionally a Consulate General or several consulates in further important cities of the host country.

A Militärattachéstab is assigned larger messages.

The set forward agency of the messages of the Federal Republic of Germany is the Foreign Office.

The Vatikanstaat does not maintain messages, but apostolische Nuntiaturen.

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development after the Viennese congress the five great powers 19. Century, France, Great Britain, Austria, Prussia and Russia, messages in the capitals of the other great powers. The diplomatic agencies of the smaller states as well as the agencies of the great powers in smaller states were designated however than legations.

With the revaluation of a legation to the message the risen position of power of a state was recognized also diplomatically. Thus for example 1906 the Japanese legation was raised in Germany just like the German legation in Tokyo to the message. To 1914 also the German legations were converted into Italy , Spain, Turkey and in the USA into messages.

In the 1950er and 1960er years most past legations were revalued to messages, so that nowadays all messages from all states receive same protokollarischen rank. One considers however Institut of the constant agency, who from the term message is distinguished.

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Deutsche Botschaft Prag
German message Prague
message of the Republic of Indonesia in Bangkok

the area, on which a message stands, is usually exterritoriales area, which means that the host country does not have any rights on the message area.

2003 came it into of China capital Peking several times to aligning of north Koreans, who were in China to attendance and so, usually successfully, over whom messages (also the German) could flee to South Korea.

In German history 1989 played the messages of the German Federal Republic in Budapest, Warsaw and Prague a very important role. First the Hungarian government permitted the departure to the DDR-Bürgern, who had fled themselves on the area of the West German message, in September into the west. Hans Dietrich Genscher knew few weeks in October 1989 hundred refugees, who endured in the German message on the Prager small side, announces later that their departure had been permitted. Already in the years before it came isolated to message occupations into Warsaw and east Berlin (constant agency), that were handled discrete usually.

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