Lord David Owen


Some argue that the need for reconciliation to override justice particularly applies in civil wars. Within the ICFY, all draft peace settlements and countless bilateral and trilateral statements signed by the parties have included a condemnation of ethnic cleansing and a declaration that any documentation signed under duress is null and void. This author believes that demonstrating to the world again that there are international laws governing individual conduct during war will contribute to the process of reconciliation in the former Yugoslavia and send a wider message to the world as a whole. This piece will examine the reconciliation process throughout history including the American Civil War in an attempt to explain the reconciliation process.