Promoting international reconciliation, helping to bring stability to regions of conflict, and assisting with post-conflict reconstruction draft report prepared by the Co-rapporteurs Mr. René Valery Mongbé (Benin) Mr



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Standing Committee I - C-I/2004/R.1

Peace and International Security 20 December 2003

PROMOTING INTERNATIONAL RECONCILIATION, HELPING TO BRING STABILITY TO REGIONS OF CONFLICT, AND ASSISTING WITH POST-CONFLICT RECONSTRUCTION
Draft report prepared by the Co-rapporteurs

Mr. René Valery Mongbé (Benin)

Mr. Robert del Picchia (France)

Action within the realm of human affairs (politics) implies… the ability to innovate, create that which is new, bring about the unprecedented; without forgiveness, which frees people from a past that hinders them, action would be suspended as it were or rendered impossible in its ability to innovate”. Valadier Paul, Approches politiques du pardon, Etudes, June 2000, p. 777.


Forgiveness does not come easily in politics. It is a sign of weakness, a futile risk. One can only forgive those who can no longer be considered dangerous”. Moreau-Desfarges Philippe, Répentance et réconciliation, Presse des Sciences Politiques, 1999, p. 37.

The theme chosen by the Inter-Parliamentary Union for reflection at the 109th Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (1-3 October 2003) hinges on three key words, namely:



  • Reconciliation

  • Stabilisation

  • Reconstruction.

At each of these stages following internal or external conflicts within or between States and regions, parliaments must play a pivotal and active role by making proposals, taking legal steps and overseeing the peace process in a transparent manner. The purpose of this report is to examine what role national and regional parliaments, as well as their world body – the Inter-Parliamentary Union – play or should play at each of these stages.




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