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The UN in the Cambodia conflict: UNTAC

Eşref Aksu

in The United Nations, Intra-state Peacekeeping and Normative Change

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print October 2003 | ISBN: 9780719067488
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700525 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719067488.003.0008
The UN in the Cambodia conflict: UNTAC

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This chapter analyses the intra-state peacekeeping operation of the United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia (UNTAC) in Cambodia. It explores the local, regional and global interests that impacted on the development of the idea of UN peacekeeping and the way these interacted to form a seemingly coherent normative framework for UN action. This chapter suggests that the normative basis of the UN's response to the Cambodia conflict emerged from a painfully slow process of informal bilateral and formal multi-lateral negotiations over more than a decade, in which the predominant concern was to accommodate the strategic interests of the actors involved.

Keywords: UNTAC; intra-state peacekeeping; Cambodia; multi-lateral negotiations; strategic interests; normative basis

Chapter.  14012 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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