Moreover, German/English is not the only language to have this sentence. I know very well that there is a Russian expression which, literally translated into English, sounds much like this: “Silence is a sign of convergence”. A draft text will be distributed to participants who have the last opportunity to propose changes or additions to the text. If no amendment is proposed before the expiry of the time limit for the procedure (if no one “breaks the silence”), the text is considered adopted by all interested parties. Often, this procedure is the last step in the adoption of the text, after the basic premises of the text have been agreed in previous negotiations. “Breaking the silence” is only a last resort if a participant still has fundamental problems with certain parts of the text and is therefore the exception rather than the rule. At the initiative of the Presidency, the Council may act by means of a simplified written procedure called the “silence procedure”: the expression of the silence procedure is set out in Annex 1, point A, “Application of a silence procedure in the Permanent Council and in the Security Cooperation Forum” of the OSCE Rules of Procedure (2006):  4. If the silence is not broken, the President shall inform the participating States as soon as the period of silence has expired that the decision in question has been taken. The text of the decision will not be published before the next meeting. If urgent administrative measures need to be taken on the basis of this Decision, the President may forward the text of the decision to a competent executive structure only for internal use. If “Silence means consent” and you don`t say anything, if a friend offers to rob a bank, it means that your Wikipedia is huge and our editors` time is limited.
At all times, there is a lot of open discussion on many different topics throughout the project. We encourage our writers to be bold and it is very likely that you will eventually be affected by the outcome of a decision that you knew nothing about or did not have the chance to join. If a decision is based primarily on silence, it is especially important to remember that consensus can change. A manual on diplomacy describes the procedure of silence as follows: “Without objection… ». That is what we use in parliamentary sessions. For example: “Without opposition, this is how you order.” Or “Without objection, it has been postponed, the case of.. This is an accelerated way to achieve unanimous agreement, without delaying formal and explicit consent. The term “implied consent” refers to the consent given by the omission of the opposition, although it is not a separate expression. In the absence of objections expressed by a representative during the present meeting, the decision shall be considered to be a procedure of silence. Of course. There is the phrase “silence is consent”, sometimes called “silence implies consent” or “silence is consent”. Apply the rule of silence and consensus only if a weak consensus was sufficient.
Silence and consensus do not apply when strong consensus or mandatory discussion is required….