Public participation in peacemaking

Year published: 2009

The negotiations to facilitate the transition from war to peace are
more than a means to end armed hostilities. They are opportunities
to agree new political, constitutional and economic arrangements
to address the underlying conflict and to lay the foundations for
a more inclusive political settlement. Both the contents of the
agreements and the characteristics of the process affect whether
peace negotiations can serve as the bridge to sustainable peace
and responsive government. Who participates – to what degree,
at what stage, and in what capacity – is therefore critical.

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