IX. Concluding Mediation

1. Agreement

When a full or partial agreement to the issues in dispute has been reached, a mediator should discuss and reach a mutual understanding with the participants on how such agreements are to be finalized, which are encouraged to be in writing or recorded.

2. No Agreement

A mediator should inform the participants of their right to withdraw from mediation at any time and for any reason. If a mediator believes that participants are unable or unwilling to participate meaningfully in the process or that a reasonable agreement is unlikely, a mediator may suspend, terminate mediation or encourage the parties to seek other forms of assistance for the resolution of their dispute. If participants reach an impasse, a mediator should not prolong unproductive discussions that would result in emotional and/or monetary costs to the participants.

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