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IOM: Understanding Causes of Community-based Clashes Crucial

Understanding the root causes of community-based clashes is crucial in addressing the problem of ethnic clashes.

IOM, or the International Organisation for Migration, told EMTV News that many conflicts are not addressed appropriately because too much focus is on the effects of the clashes.

A two-day workshop is underway in Port Moresby to promote sustainable peace and reconciliation solutions.

The COMBAT-COMIT concept, or Community-Based Tribal Conflict Mitigation and Peace Building, is a project implemented by IOM to help communities highly impacted by conflict. Discussions this morning aimed to identify the root causes of problems, and not the effects.

The workshop is attended by participants, mostly community leaders or state agencies from Morobe and Enga, who spearhead peace talks.

Part of the workshop will see participants develop a reference or Standard Operational Procedure (SOP) to be used as a do no harm analysis to peace building.

IOM aims to promote COMBAT-COMIT project through a community approach to facilitate conflict mitigation and transition to peace keeping.

IOM said the root causes of conflicts must be identified before true peace or conflicts are addressed.

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