In considering negotiating positions, mechanisms and actions account should be taken of the different stages in the negotiating and peace building process. It is important to consider what it is possible to achieve at different stages of a negotiating process. Elements to consider include: (i) immediate needs; (ii) trust and confidence building measures; (iii) the political agenda; (iv) peacebuilding and reconstruction at macro and micro levels and how it engages and provides for citizens at the grassroots as well as elite levels.

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