The principle of territorial integrity is enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations (Article 2, Paragraph 4), which provides that "all Members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state". Under international law, every state should not attempt to promote secessionist movements or border changes in any other state. This prohibition has become one of the most widely accepted rules of international behaviour. Nonetheless, the principle of territorial integrity is not an absolute right and there is a certain tension between the principle of territorial integrity, the concept of humanitarian intervention and the right to self-determination. Some commentators argue for easing the strict adherence to this principle and adopting a more flexible approach to territorial integrity.
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