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The Response Of States And Regional Organizations

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This chapter explains the response of the international community to civil conflicts in Sierra Leone, Côte d’Ivoire, and Liberia, to determine whether it reflects some of the principles that the Security Council has formulated. The evolution of the practice reviewed in these three case studies is also reflected in the development of the security treaties of the African Union (A.U.) and Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). It is useful to review briefly these treaties, since they set out legal norms regarding civil conflict and coup d'état that have been expressly formulated and adopted by many states in Africa and that mirror, to a large extent, the principles reflected in the practice of the greater international community. The fact that these principles have been recently adopted in a deliberate fashion by the states in Africa provides a strong indication of the direction of evolution of this field.

Keywords: African Union (AU); Côte d’Ivoire; civil conflicts; ECOWAS; international community; Liberia; Organization for African Unity (OAU); regional organizations; Security Council; Sierra Leone



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