Reconciliation

Peace Through Friendship

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WHEN two groups are in conflict, how can you improve relations between them? One strategy is to encourage positive personal contact among individuals from each group. If a Catholic and a Protestant in Northern Ireland would only sit down together to talk — learning about one another’s families, hearing about one another’s fears — the encounter, according to this approach, ... Read More »

The Cyprus issue: 40 years’ resolution and the matter of natural gas

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Dr. Can Erimtan is an independent scholar residing in İstanbul, with a wide interest in the politics, history and culture of the Balkans and the Greater Middle East. He tweets at @theerimtanangle Last Sunday, 20 July 2014, marked the 40th anniversary of Turkey’s direct involvement on the island of Cyprus. The so-called Attila-1 offensive was a military intervention aimed at bringing ... Read More »

Obama sees progress in Iran nuclear talks

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US President Barack Obama says talks with Iran on its nuclear program may need to extend beyond a weekend deadline, with negotiations showing a “credible way forward”. OBAMA said on Wednesday he was consulting with Congress – where there is strong criticism of his quest for a diplomatic deal with Iran – as negotiators meet in Vienna ahead of Sunday’s ... Read More »

Israel’s Hamas Challenge: The Third Way

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The kidnapping and murder of three Israeli yeshiva students — and the extensive Israeli military campaign against Hamas, members of which Israel presumes to have perpetrated the act – illustrate the urgency of revisiting Israel’s policy options toward the Islamist group. Largely ignored since the last outbreak of violence, the issue is today again on the public agenda. How should ... Read More »

Hague says EU ready for more Russia sanctions if necessary

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(Reuters) – Britain’s Foreign Secretary William Hague warnedRussia on Monday that the European Union was ready to impose more sanctions over the crisis in Ukraine if necessary. Speaking ahead of a meeting in Luxembourg of EU foreign ministers, Hague said the bloc’s 28 member states would likely want to see how Moscow responded to Ukraine’s peace plan and a unilateral ceasefire, ... Read More »

Fatah and Hamas agree on new Palestinian prime minister

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Mahmoud Abbas names Rami Hamdallah as PM in step towards reconciliation between former rival factions The two main Palestinian factions, Fatah and the Islamist movement Hamas, appeared on the verge of forming a historic unity government after seven years of bitter rivalry as Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, named a new prime minister agreed by the two sides on Thursday. The ... Read More »

Turkish Government Reintroduces Ottoman Sultans’ Signatures

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The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has proposed a draft law that will formally re-establish the signatures of Ottoman sultans and other royal marks of the Ottoman Empire on public buildings. A group of AKP deputies led by Zeki Aygün presented the draft law to Parliament with the approval of the party administration. The bill repeals a 1927 law that stipulated ... Read More »

US vice-president Joe Biden pushes energy cooperation in visit to Cyprus

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Discovery of oil and natural gas deposits in the Mediterranean highlights the growing importance the US has given to the region Jump to comments US vice-president Joe Biden arrived in Cyprus on Wednesday, the most senior US official to visit in more than 50 years, as the quest to find alternative energy routes into Europe focused international attention on the continent’s only divided country. With the discovery of ... Read More »

Declaration of the “Initiative for a United Cyprus”

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In view of recent developments regarding our national issue, we have decided the establishment of the “Initiative for a United Cyprus”, with an aim to promote our positions on a number of issues which have not been adequately discussed in the context of public debate. The “Initiative for a United Cyprus” is an attempt pursued by non-partisan and concerned citizens. ... Read More »