A dispute involving the use of armed force between two or more parties. International Humaniterian law distinguishes between international and non – international armed conflicts.
- International armed Conflict: A war involving two or more staes, regardless of whether a declaration of war has been made or whether the parties recognize that there is a state of war.
- Non – International armed conflict: A conflict in which government forces are fighting with armed insurgents,or armed groups are fighting amongest themselves.
UN High Commissioner for Refugees, UNHCR Master Glossary of Terms, June 2006, Rev.1, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/42ce7d444.html