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Peace Building

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  • Lengthy negotiations conducted at the Palais des Nations have resulted in the resolution of bitter, drawn-out conflicts. Examples of these include the armistice in 1953 between North and South Korea and, several decades later, agreements on Afghanistan in 1988. Efforts to resolve conflicts in areas such as Abkhazia/Georgia, Cyprus, East Timor, Liberia, Syria, Yemen, and the territories of the former Yugoslavia have also been pursued at the Palais des Nations in the past years. Geneva is a favoured place for multilateral and bilateral consultations and meetings to facilitate peaceful solutions to protracted problems. For example, in November 2002, the Presidents of Cameroon and Nigeria met at the Palais des Nations at the invitation and in the presence of the United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, to follow up on the decision of the International Court of Justice on the border dispute between the two countries. More information on specific activities is available in the UNOG Library and archives collections.