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Enforcement Of Peacekeeping Measures

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One of the significant implications of basing peacekeeping measures on Article 40 of the UN Charter is the provisional nature of peacekeeping whose purpose is confined only to the prevention of conflicts from further deterioration and to the creation of an atmosphere conducive to a peaceful settlement of the conflicts. The concept of peace enforcement, is different from enforcement measures under Chapter VII (specifically under Article 42), in that the former still remains within the purview of provisional measures under Article 40 of the Charter. The ambiguous construction of self-defence at the strategic level can be clarified at the tactical level by examining what the soldiers in the field are authorised and required to perform. The development of international human rights law and its convergence with basic norms of international humanitarian law have also had bearing upon the legality of the use of armed force by UN peacekeeping forces.

Keywords: armed force; Self-Defence; strategic level analysis; tactical level analysis; UN Charter; UN peacekeeping force



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