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An Open Letter to a Minister of the Crown

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OPEN LETTER For the immediate attention of The Rt. Hon. Sir Alan Duncan MP, Minister for Europe, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Whitehall, London By email to: fcocorrespondence@fco.gov.uk 11 January 2017 Dear Sir Alan Re: The Republic of Cyprus, the ‘talks’ in Geneva, the role of Parliament in Westminster & other related matters I have written this open letter in connection with the above matters.  I have done so in my capacity as a citizen of the United Kingdom and as a citizen of the ... Read More »

Cyprus reunification talks: Everything you need to know about one of the world’s most intractable disputes

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It has been described as “the moment of truth” for one of the world’s most intractable territorial disputes. Nick Squires, Rome  Telegraph Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders are meeting in Geneva this week to try to reach a deal on the political reunification of the Mediterranean island, more than 40 years after it… Cyprus reunification talks… Read More »

The ‘Intellectual Partition’ of Cyprus, the ‘Macmillan Doctrine’ and the talks held in Geneva in August 1974 and January 2017

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In his seminal book, Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle considers the virtues associated with justice, as well as the vices inherent in injustice. Klearchos A. Kyriakides Published in Agora Dialogue on 9 January 2017 In this context, Aristotle engages in a deep discussion as to the two types of transaction into which a party may enter. On the one hand, there are just transactions into which a party may enter voluntarily. On the other hand, there are unjust transactions, which may come ... Read More »

Syria conflict: UN endorses Syria ceasefire deal

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The UN Security Council has endorsed the Syria ceasefire deal and plans for peace talks between both sides of the conflict in a Russia-led resolution. BBC It also calls for rapid access for humanitarian aid to be delivered across the country. Syria’s main… Syria conflict: UN… Read More »

The toothless United Nations must seize this last chance to save itself

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As the new UN secretary general, António Guterres must make the security council matter again – we need it more than ever The Guardian Mary Dejevsky As the Syrian government and its backers tighten their grip on Aleppo, and Turkey and Russia reveal yet another ceasefire in Syria, the same questions trouble many an outraged onlooker. Has the United Nations ever… The toothless United… Read More »

Eight possible Trump responses to the UN Israel vote

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President Obama — whose antipathy toward Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Middle East’s oldest democracy appears to have predated his accession to the White House — fired one final shot at the Jewish state by abstaining on a United Nations Security Council resolution that reversed decades of United States policy, reversed assurances given in the Oslo Accords, and declared the Old City of Jerusalem “occupied Palestinian land.” AEI Michael Rubin In effect, Obama rewarded Palestinian intransigence. After all, Israel ... Read More »

Israel settlements: Netanyahu orders UN ties review

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said Israel will re-assess its ties with the United Nations. BBC The move comes after the Security Council adopted a resolution demanding an end to Israeli settlement building on occupied land… Israel settlements: Netanyahu… Read More »

Egypt: Trump convinced Sisi to withdraw UN resolution

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Egypt confirms Security Council resolution against Israeli settlement activity was withdrawn after Trump called Sisi. Al Jazeera News Egypt agreed to postpone a vote on a UN Security Council resolution against Israeli settlements after US president-elect Donald Trump called President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the Egyptian president’s office said. Egypt had circulated the… Egypt: Trump convinced… Read More »

Thousands of refugees left in cold, as UN and EU accused of mismanagement

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United Nations refugee agency and EU’s Echo aid department accused of failing to properly ‘winterise’ camps The Guardian Patrick Kingsley The UN refugee agency and the EU’s aid department have been accused by other aid groups of mismanaging a multimillion-pound fund earmarked for the most vulnerable refugees in Europe, leaving thousands sleeping in… Thousands of refugees left… Read More »

UN raises alarm on hunger in Kenya and Eastern Africa

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Persistence of severe drought is likely to push the number of hungry Kenyans beyond the 1.3 million already considered “food insecure,” a United Nations agency has warned. Daily Nation Kevin J. Kelley “Based on the latest predictions, the impacts of the current drought in the southern part of the country will lessen by mid-2017, but counties in the north — in particular Turkana, Marsabit, Wajir and Mandera — will steadily get… UN raises alarm on hunger in… Read More »

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte should be investigated for murder over killing claim, UN says

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The UN’s human rights chief has asked Philippines authorities to investigate President Rodrigo Duterte for murder after he claimed to have killed people while he was a regional mayor. ABC Philippine judicial authorities “must demonstrate their commitment to upholding the rule of law and their independence from the executive by launching a murder investigation”, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights… Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte should… Read More »

Fifteen Points for the New Secretary-General

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The United Nations has seldom faced so many… International Crisis Group offers policy ideas on some of the most important strategic questions and crises confronting incoming Secretary-General António… ICG António Guterres will become Secretary-General amid major geopolitical upheaval, in… Fifteen Points for… Read More »

Only swift action can avert South Sudan genocide, says UN human rights chief

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Targeted sanctions and peacekeeping force among measures urged at special session of UN human rights council as violence compared with Rwanda The Guardian Ben Quinn Conditions in South Sudan were repeatedly likened to those in Rwanda on the eve of genocide at a special session of the UN human rights council held on Wednesday, with a top official warning that escalating ethnic violence has… Only swift action can avert South Sudan genocide, says… Read More »

Aleppo battle: Calls to spare lives as battle nears end

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The UN and Red Cross have appealed for civilians to be protected, as fighting in Syria’s Aleppo nears its end. BBC News The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said people had “literally nowhere safe to run”. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon voiced alarm “over… Aleppo battle: Calls to spare lives as… Read More »

Aleppo battle: UN says hundreds of men missing

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Hundreds of men appear to have gone missing after crossing from rebel-held areas of Aleppo into government territory, UN officials say. BBC News Forces led by Syria’s government have seized at least 75% of eastern parts of the city from rebels in recent weeks. Tens of thousands of civilians have fled those… Aleppo battle: UN says hundreds of… Read More »

UN launches record aid appeal of $22.2bn for 2017

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Appeal comes as crises in Yemen, Iraq, Syria and South Sudan have compounded the UN’s 2016 funding shortage. Al Jazeera The United Nations needs a record $22.2bn to cover humanitarian relief projects next year, covering the… UN launches record… Read More »