1 The term ceasefire literally means to cease firing. There is no official legal definition of ceasefire, but it can be defined as a ‘suspension of acts of violence by military and paramilitary forces, usually resulting from the intervention of a third party’ (Bailey  37). A ceasefire signals an attempt to reach a more comprehensive and permanent settlement of an armed conflict. Ceasefires can be unilateral: a party can declare a ceasefire without seeking a ceasefire from the other side. More commonly ceasefires are agreed between warring parties...
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