Status quo handle bellum
The expression status quo handle bellum , or in status quo handle bellum , comes from the Latin meaning " literally; as the things were before the guerre" . This expression was in the beginning employed in the treated to refer to a withdrawal of the enemy troops and with the restoration of the sovereignty which prevailed before the beginning of the conflict. Used in this direction, that means that none the parts had profits or losses of territories or rights political or economic. That is opposed to the expression Uti possidetis where each part preserves the profits of territory or other properties which it holds at the end of the war. An example of a war finished by a status quo handle bellum is the Guerre of 1812, which was concluded by the Traité from Ghent in 1814. During the negotiations, the British diplomats had suggested the end of the war Uti possidetis . But the final treaty, mainly influenced by the resonance of the American victory at the time of the Battle of the lake Champlain, left any profit or loss of territories neither to the the United States nor with the Canadian colonies of the the United Kingdom.
Another example, the War Iran-Iraq (September 1980 - August 1988) which left the unchanged borders. Two years after, as the war with the Westerners was announced, Saddam Hussein recognized the Iranian rights on the Eastern half of Shatt Al `Arab, a return to the status quo handle bellum which he had denounced one decade before.
The expression was popularized in a shortened form of Status quo and Status quo handle .
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