Practice relating to Rule 66. Non-Hostile Contacts between the Parties to the Conflict
Section C. Definition of parlementaires
Spain’s Field Regulations (1882) provides that a parlementaire is “the official sent to the enemy with formal orders and powers to negotiate agreements, capitulations; to request suspension of arms, truce or armistice; to present claims or observations about violations of agreements”.
Spain’s LOAC Manual (1996) defines parlementaires as “the persons authorized by one of the parties to enter into negotiations with the adversary, and who advances bearing a white flag”.
Spain’s LOAC Manual (2007) states: “Parlementaires are those who have been authorized by one of the parties to the conflict to enter into communication with the other, bearing a white flag.”