The resolution of conflicts, ''Camps for peace'' theme
Should we be afraid of conflict? This is the somewhat provocative question that underlies a series of youth gatherings organised by the Council of Europe, in co-operation with Europa Park, in Germany.
The project, which was launched in 2003, is designed to involve young people in discussions on how to resolve the conflicts in certain European and neighbouring regions.
The idea is to overcome their prejudices and stereotypes by strengthening their awareness, not only of what separates them but also of what they have in common. The Council of Europe offers these young persons an opportunity to tell their personal stories in a secure environment, establish friendships and take the first steps towards mutual confidence, all of which constitutes a unique collective experience.
These camps, which originated from the European youth campaign ''All Different, All Equal'', should help to strengthen dialogue and foster new peaceful responses in the field of conflict resolution.