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CPs can be defined declaratively and stored into conversation protocol repositories open to interagents. Each CP is identified by a unique name anonymously set by the agent society. When an interagent is requested by its customer to start a conversation with another agent it must retrieve the appropriate CP from a conversation repository, and next proceed to instantiate it. In fact, the CP must be instantiated by each one of the interagents used by the agents intending to talk.

We say that a CP becomes fully instantiated when the interagent creates a CP instance, i.e. after setting the values for the following attributes:

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