CCSDS Track 1 – Priorities for Negotiation

    7. Besieged Areas  • Stop the shelling immediately and introduce and enforce a credible sustained ceasefire. Pull all military concentrations back from population centers and withdraw all forces to barracks within specific contained areas. This should be followed by the final withdrawal of forces from the areas completely. The UN peacekeeping forces should monitor all

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    CCSDS Track 1 – Priorities for Negotiation

    6. Permanent Ceasefires • The primary priority is the protection of civilians. Shelling must cease immediately on both sides. There should be an immediate unconditional and sustained ceasefire. Military concentrations should be pulled back from population centers; • External governments must stop supplying weapons and military equipment to the two sides (regime and opposition) and

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    CCSDS Track 1 – Priorities for Negotiation

    5. Transitional Governing Body / National Dialogue / National Reconciliation • The conditions for a neutral environment should put in place for a transitional period during which a National Dialogue process can be conducted. In addition to members of the regime and the opposition, independent figures from civil society should be part of the Transitional

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    CCSDS Track 1 – Priorities for Negotiation

    4. Civil Society Organizations The UN, the regime, the opposition and external governments should: • Recognize the neutrality and non-partisanship of CSOs and their roles and activities during the conflict and in the resolution of conflict. CSO roles and activities include: (i) supporting people through the problems and consequences of the crisis and representing their

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    CCSDS Track 1 – Priorities for Negotiation

    3. Role of External Governments • Must work together to support the process for negotiating and implementing peace. They should (i) press the regime and the opposition to commit to and implement the Six Point Plan; (ii) use their influence on the parties to the conflict to bring them to the negotiating table and press

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    CCSDS Track 1 – Priorities for Negotiation

    2. Confidence Building Measures All parties at the negotiations should be equipped with the skills to participate in negotiations effectively so that they may reach a sustainable and peaceful solution. It is important to ensure that parties know and can clarify each other’s views. This is in order to minimize miscommunication and misunderstanding. CSOs can

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