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4. International Boundary Disputes

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The general term 'boundary dispute' includes four different types of disagreement between countries. The first type of dispute can be described as a territorial boundary dispute. The second type of dispute concerns the precise location of the boundary. The third type of dispute arises over state functions applied, or not applied, at the boundary. This type may be called functional boundary disputes. The last type of boundary dispute concerns the use of some resource that straddles the boundary. Most governments take the development of boundary disputes very seriously. If it is not controlled quickly it might spread widely and do great damage. Except in the comparatively few cases when governments have a political interest in fanning the flames of discord in the borderland, efforts are concentrated on ending the dispute quickly. The success in achieving this aim often varies with the type of boundary dispute.

Keywords: Boundary Disputes; countries; disagreement; functional; governments; International; precise location; resource; territorial



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