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Also connected to questions of rights, duties, and obligations, there was some debate over whether the Guidelines should be addressed not only to governments, but also to minority representatives. It was generally agreed that although the Guidelines should be clear that minorities, like everyone else, have a role in building peaceful integrated societies, they should remain primarily targeted at policy-makers and states’ representatives (as are previous sets of recommendations and guidelines). Practical problems in identifying minority representatives as an audience were identified in this connection. However, as the introduction states: ‘It is hoped that other actors who contribute in various roles to this process, including civil society and private-sector actors and independent institutions, will also find these Guidelines useful for their work.’ The role of different non-governmental actors—and the ways governments might support them—are elaborated in the final text.[1]

  • [1] Recommendations 28 and 29.
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