An endeavour will be made in this article to present two distinct methods of international dispute settlement, namely, mediation and conciliation. The presentation will be done from an international and comparative standpoint, inevitably retaining an Asian perspective in its global survey. Observations will be concentrated on these two procedures for the resolution of international conflicts. In this chapter, the terms 'dispute' and 'conflict' are used interchangeably. So also are the terms 'settlement' and 'resolution'.
In its original version, this essay was written in response to an invitation to celebrate a festive occasion honouring Ambassador Professor Geraldo do Nascimento e Silva of Brazil (Nov. 2001).