n Conflict Trends - Editorial

Volume 2012, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1561-9818


As 2012 comes to a close, I am reminded of a visit that I made to Syria in September 2010 with Mr Aziz Pahad, the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) Senior Political Advisor and South Africa's Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1994 to 2009. In September 2010 Syria's violent conflict was confined to a few areas and involved clashes between street protesters and the police. The purpose of our visit was to engage in dialogue with all the parties to the conflict and to share with them South Africa's experience of peaceful negotiations that ended our own conflict almost two decades earlier.

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