Reconciliation

Indonesia rules out apology to victims at state-endorsed talks on 1965 massacres

Jakarta: Indonesia’s chief security minister said the country must make peace with its past but ruled out a government apology to the victims of the 1965 anti-communist purge at the first ever state-sanctioned discussions on the mass killings. Luhut Panjaitan – one of President Joko Widodo’s most trusted ministers – said the two-day symposium reflected the government’s intention to resolve past… Source: Indonesia rules out apology to victims at state-endorsed talks on 1965 massacres Read More »

After Long Silence, Indonesia Allows Talk of Anti-Communist Atrocities

JAKARTA, Indonesia — When Putu Oka Sukanta was awakened by knocking on his door late one night in October 1966, he says, he instinctively knew who was there. Indonesian soldiers, police officers and plainclothes intelligence agents took… Source: After Long Silence, Indonesia Allows Talk of Anti-Communist Atrocities – The New York Times Read More »

Can the Kuwait peace talks break Yemen’s deadlock?

Since fighting broke out in March last year, Yemen’s war has taken a devastating toll on this poorest country on the Arabian Peninsula. The conflict between the insurgent Huthi movement on the one side and the government of President Abed-Rabbo Mansour Hadi, supported by a Saudi-led international coalition on the other side, has cost the lives of… Source: Can the Kuwait peace talks break Yemen’s deadlock? | Crisis Group Read More »

Turkey’s economic interests key motive in restoring ties with Israel

The Turkish foreign ministry announced on Friday that Israel and Turkey were on the brink of restoring relations, following a fresh round of talks between political leaders the day before. NATO member Turkey was a key regional ally of Israel until the two countries fell out in 2010… Source: Turkey’s economic interests key motive in restoring ties with Israel – Middle East – RFI Read More »

Breaking the Ice: How Turkey Tries to Win Russia Over

Turkish authorities appear to be sending Russia a signal that Ankara is ready to make an effort to improve ties with Moscow, but experts warn against reading too much into it before any real and meaningful steps are made… Source: Breaking the Ice: How Turkey Tries to Win Russia Over Read More »

Russia, Turkey to Build Monuments Honoring Each Other’s Fallen Soldiers

The Turkish government has agreed to restore the historic San Stefano Russian monument in Istanbul, Hurriyet Daily News reported.. According to the newspaper, the Turkish parliament’s national defense commission said it would build the monument to commemorate fallen Russian soldiers in return for the… Source: Russia, Turkey to Build Monuments Honoring Each Other’s Fallen Soldiers Read More »

France to end military operation in Central Africa this year

France will end its military intervention in the Central African Republic this year as it has achieved its objectives of restoring security to the country after three years of communal violence, the French defence minister said on March 30… Source: France to end military operation in Central Africa this year – EUROPE Read More »

Myanmar swears in first elected civilian president

Myanmar’s new president has been sworn in, the first elected civilian leader in more than 50 years. Htin Kyaw from the National League for Democracy (NLD) takes over from Thein Sein, who introduced wide-ranging reforms during his five years in power. Although NLD leader Aung San Suu Kyi is barred from the presidency, she has said she will rule by proxy… Source: Myanmar swears in first elected civilian president – BBC News Read More »

The Unbearable Lightness of Schulz Cyprus Journey 

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It is a truism to say there is a price to everything in the world we live in. As more and more ‘atmospheric’ noise is made by international actors (UN, EU) about the imminence of a Cyprus settlement, it is vital that we shed at least some light on the real cost of the settlement and pose the fundamental question of who will be asked to pay the bill. Such an exercise of estimating the multiple costs involved in the ... Read More »

Easter Rising: Irish President Michael D Higgins hopes NI people ‘approach commemorations generously’ 

The Irish president says he hopes people in Northern Ireland will approach the Easter Rising commemorations “generously”. Events are taking place in Dublin to mark the centenary of the 1916 rebellion against British rule, a seminal moment in Ireland’s past. Some unionists have been reluctant to take part in or support the events… Source: Easter Rising: Irish President Michael D Higgins hopes NI people ‘approach commemorations generously’ – BBC News Read More »

Armed Conflict: Mediation, conciliation and peacekeeping | José Ramos-Horta

Key-note address by Jose Ramos­-Horta at the dinner preceding the final 16th retreat of the Independent Commission on Multilateralism Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, Dear ICM and IPI Colleagues:I am honored to be the keynote speaker for the Independent Commission on Multilateralism’s final 16th retreat. I do know this privilege stems from the kindness of our Chair, the Hon. Rudd and SG Ambassador Hardeep Singh Puri; this… Source: Armed Conflict: Mediation, conciliation and peacekeeping | José Ramos-Horta Read More »

Sudan’s Islamists: From Salvation to Survival

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Sudan’s government is in survival mode. As it drifts away from its former radical Islamist ideology toward a new foreign policy pragmatism, Western powers should encourage Khartoum to solve the internal wars that have done so much damage to the country and blocked the normalisation of external relations with this increasingly active player in the Middle East… Source: Sudan’s Islamists: From Salvation to Survival – International Crisis Group Read More »

Syria conflict: Russia’s Putin orders ‘main part’ of forces out

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In a surprise move, Russian President Vladimir Putin orders the military to start withdrawing the “main part” of its forces in Syria from Tuesday. He said the Russian intervention had largely achieved its objectives. The comments come… Source: Syria conflict: Russia’s Putin orders ‘main part’ of forces out – BBC News Read More »

Afghan peace talks: Pakistan’s credibility on the line

If the Afghan civil war worsens, Pakistan’s allies China and the US will lose faith in Islamabad’s intentions. The next round of four-party talks to be held in Islamabad on Monday could well be the last if Pakistan fails to deliver the Taliban to the table. According to a statement released by the Taliban on Saturday, the group is refusing to sit in for direct peace talks with the Afghan government in the… Source: Afghan peace talks: Pakistan’s credibility on ... Read More »

Scottish MP detained in Turkey talks of ‘terrifying experience’

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Natalie McGarry said her experience showed the need for intervention in the conflict between Kurdish separatists and Turkish forces. A Scottish MP has spoken of her “terrifying experience” of being detained by security forces in Turkey for using her mobile phone… Source: Scottish MP detained in Turkey talks of ‘terrifying experience’ | World news | The Guardian Read More »

Burundi: Time for Tough Messages

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REUTERS/Jean Pierre Aime HarerimamaAmid continued violence and a dangerous polarisation between the Burundi government and opposition, a delegation of African Union (AU) heads of state will visit Bujumbura on 25-26 February. Mandated by the recent AU summit and led by South African President Jacob Zuma, the five heads of state need to deliver tough messages to both President Pierre… Source: Burundi: Time for Tough Messages – International Crisis Group Read More »