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A conflict is said to be “ripe” for settlement or negotiation when it has reached a stalemate, or when all of the parties have determined that their alternatives to negotiation will not get them what they want or need. In this case, they are likely to be ready to negotiate a settlement that will attain at least part of their interests, more than they are getting otherwise or stand to get if they pursue their force-based options further. (from

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