uti possidetis

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uti possidetis

(ˈjuːtaɪ ˌpɒsɪˈdiːtɪs)
n
(Law) international law the rule that territory and other property remains in the hands of the belligerent state actually in possession at the end of a war unless otherwise provided for by treaty
[from Latin, literally: as you possess]
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Post-colonial effectivites has significance only if colonial practice fails to furnish definitive demarcation and thus trigger application of uti possedetis [sic].