Engagement with non-state armed groups is a difficult task but is essential for sustainable peace. This report by GTZ and others shares some expert thinking on the subject.
In cooperation with Conciliation Resources and Berghof Peace Support Institute, the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, GTZ and Federal College for Security Studies organised a seminar on engagement with non-state armed groups (NSAGs).
This report summarises discussions about when and how to engage with NSAGs and how to cooperate with different actors. Experts looked at issues such as the renunciation of violence as a condition for engagement, the need for security guarantees before disarming and the difference between humanitarian and political aims. Although difficult, inclusive negotiations are needed for sustainable peace.