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XII. Agreeing On Self-Determination But Deferring Implementation

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There are two types of cases in this category of deferred implementation. The first type includes cases where selfdetermination is granted or confirmed, but the central government and the secessionist leadership have different expectations as to the likely outcome of the act of self- determination. A second type of deferment concerns situations where it is clear that, after an agreed period of standstill, selfdetermination and almost inevitably secession will occur. One proposal for interim governance has been put forward in relation to the long-running Western Sahara dispute. A more successful example of an interim settlement leading to an act of self-determination is represented by the Machakos Protocol of 20 July 2002. Deferment of the implementation of a claim to self-determination which has, in principle, been accepted is not to be confused with deferment of implementation of status after an act of selfdetermination.

Keywords: deferred implementation; Machakos Protocol; self-determination; Western Sahara dispute



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