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Guidelines on Humanitarian Negotiations with Armed Groups: A Manual for Practitioners

1 January 2006

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Guidelines on Humanitarian Negotiations with Armed Groups: A Manual for Practitioners

This manual provides guidance on humanitarian negotiations with non- State armed groups and is intended for use by humanitarian, development and human rights organizations and by humanitarian personnel tasked with conducting these negotiations. Humanitarian negotiations do not in any way confer legitimacy or recognition on armed groups, nor do they mean that the humanitarian negotiators support the views of an armed group. The guidance presented here is not intended to supplant or circumvent existing security policies and procedures. At all stages of negotiations, humanitarian organizations must consult with designated security officials and must ensure that the operational aspects of the negotiations are conducted in accordance with the relevant security procedures.


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