uti possidetis

uti possidetis

[yoo-tahy pos-i-dee-tis]
noun International Law.
the principle that vests in either of the belligerents at the end of a war all territory actually occupied and controlled by them.

Origin:
< Latin utī possidētis literally, as you possess, as you hold

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uti possidetis (ˈjuːtaɪ ˌpɒsɪˈdiːtɪs)
 
n
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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