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23. Peace treaties and reconciliation
23. Traités de paix et réconciliation

Thursday, 10 August, 14:00-17:00
Jeudi 10 août de 14h à 17h

To be held at the Nobel Institute, Drammensveien 19 (city map)

Karl Holl, Germany

Geir Lundestad, Nobel Institute, Norway

Under the international law war comes to an end with the ratification of a peace treaty.

This does not mean, however that true reconciliation between the population of the combatant nations has come about. During the 19th and 20th centuries the change in warfare towards total war in particular which makes the civilian population a tool and victim of war plus the ideological back up of targets has often resulted in deepening the conflicts between enemy nations to such an extent that peace agreement and resumption of diplomatic relations or restoration of civilian life alone does not correspond with immediate understanding between the people of the warring parties or nations.

On the contrary this could lead to a lengthy process the outcome of which may neither be successful nor permanent. During 19th and 20th centuries there is on the other hand a readiness of groups, institutions, and individuals to negotiate and thus try to eliminate disputes which had led to war or had erupted during warfare, thus preventing a renewal of conflict.


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