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The restoration of peaceful or amicable relations between two individuals who were previously in conflict with one another.

Reconciliation ordinarily implies forgiveness for injuries on either or both sides. The term is often applied to the parties to a Divorce who cease proceedings for the dissolution of their marriage upon a resolution of their differences. Reconciliation is used interchangeably with conciliation.


noun accord, adjustment, amnesty, appeasement, arbitration, conciliation, concord, concordance, forgiveness, harmony, improved relations, mediation, mollification, mutual forgiveness, pacification, peace, peacemaking, propitiation, reconcilement, restoration of harmony, reunion, settlement, understanding, union
Associated concepts: reconciliation of contradictory clauses
See also: accordance, adjustment, arrangement, compact, compatibility, compromise, concession, conciliation, expiation, intercession, mediation, mollification, pact, peace, rapprochement, settlement, understanding

RECONCILIATION, contracts. The act of bringing persons to agree together, who before, had had some difference.
     2. A renewal of cohabitation between husband and wife is proof of reconciliation, and such reconciliation destroys the effect of a deed of separation. 4 Eccl. R. 238.

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There is, therefore, a shared objective between reintegration of ex-combatants and post-conflict reconciliation process as both initiatives are generally geared toward the prevention of renewed conflict, redressing the past divides and fostering and rebuilding of new relationships non-violently.
As with many works in the field of conflict resolution, Daly and Sarkin make use of Thomas Kuhn's theoretical notion of "paradigm shifts" (1986) to describe the change necessary to create a successful post-conflict reconciliation environment (Daly and Sarkin: 190-193).
The journalists met with reporters, writers, artists and academics to get a deeper understanding of post-conflict reconciliation and produced multimedia materials as a result of the workshop.
The Secretary-General flagged that a human rights-based approach is fundamental both to post-conflict reconciliation, and to global peace and prosperity.
From May 2009 post-conflict reconciliation eluded us as a result of the short-sighted policies and the triumphalist approach that was adopted immediately following the end of the conflict.
Canada will continue to press for tangible progress on post-conflict reconciliation and accountability, said Mr.
She is expected to discuss a range of bilateral issues, including post-conflict reconciliation, justice and accountability issues.
The Synod replied sincerely to Archbishop Deng s hope of establishing a closer relationship of mutual support, in particular around issues of post-conflict reconciliation and nation-building.
They are known to be compelled by organized networks to fund, arm, engage in propaganda and be electoral vote blocks in host countries, there-by having the potential to act as 'spoilers' in conflict resolution and post-conflict reconciliation in their home states.
It calls for the effective and expeditious implementation of the report of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), in particular those relating to post-conflict reconciliation.
Minister Peiris thanked Oman for the support extended to Sri Lanka, particularly in the regional and multilateral fora, to forge ahead with post-conflict reconciliation and rehabilitation programmes in the country.

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