COMMENTS BY FORMER PRESIDENT FW DE KLERK TO THE PANEL ON THE POWER OF LAW V/S THE LAW OF POWER
Since the beginning of this century there have hardly been any wars between countries. Most conflict is now within countries between cultural, religious and language communities. All three of the world’s major ongoing wars – those in Afghanistan, Yemen and Syria – are being exacerbated by divisions between Islamist fundamentalists, and Shi’a and Sunni Muslims. The world’s seven minor wars – in Somalia, Nigeria, Iraq, Southern Sudan, Mali, the Sahel and Libya – likewise have their origins in the clashes between ethnic tribes, Islamist fundamentalists, moderate Muslims and Christians.