n Institute for Security Studies Papers - Surveying the middle ground : conceptual issues and peace-keeping in Southern Africa

Volume 1996, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1026-0404



The primary objective of the United Nations (UN) is to ensure peace among (and latterly within) the nations of the world. Peace does not imply the absence of conflict, for conflict is generic to politics and is as ubiquitous as politics itself. It means, rather, the absence of violent means in the reconciling of such conflicts. The UN Security Council's role in this endeavour is to reinforce or create a commitment to the non-violent resolution of conflict by disputing or belligerent parties.

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