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It is however culturally rela- Introduction: Peacebuilding and War 15 tive and can be difficult to obtain. In this research the interview carried out with elites, those with an in depth knowledge of the conflict and the peace process, informed consent was dealt with through a formal letter of introduction and an ethics code. In the villages the purpose of the research was explained verbally and a formal introduction made. Every effort was made to avoid sensitive topics and to protect anonymity.

41 Therefore the kind of peace many of the peacebuilders are referring to is a ‘liberal peace’. This is of particular relevance to this book, as the activities that have been undertaken in Sri Lanka in support of the current peace process, and even before, have been funded and implemented for the most part by the organisations and donors that take the ‘liberal peace’ view. 43 The emphasis throughout this resolution is on ‘post-conflict’ peacebuilding. Evidently the UN has changed its mind with regard to the sequencing of peacebuilding activities however it does not stipulate that peacebuilding is a post-accord activity.

By increasing understanding of what creates tension in a society, which might lead to violent confrontation, steps can be taken to resolve tensions through addressing the economic, social, political and personal problems as advocated by the economists, political theorists and religious groups who promote the varied approaches to a peaceful society. Peace studies bring all of these elements together and call it conflict resolution, the practitioners bring it together and call it peacebuilding. … given the varied sources of contemporary conflicts and complex political emergencies, responses are required at different levels.

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