Reconciliation

Taiwan rebuffs Chinese leader’s new pitch for unification

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Taiwan has sharply rejected Chinese President Xi Jinping’s suggestion that the two sides end more than six decades of hostile separation by adopting a “one country, two systems” model like the one employed to achieve the return of the former British territory Hong Kong to Chinese sovereignty. Dashing hopes in Beijing for reunification in the immediate future, the Taiwan government’s ... Read More »

At Last, Some Actual Good News in the Ukraine Crisis

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The news: After a week of belligerent posturing and mixed signals, representatives from the Ukrainian government and pro-Russian rebels have agreed to enact a cease-fire to take effect at 15:00 GMT (11:00 a.m. EST) on Friday. The officials signed the agreement in Minsk, Belarus. “At 1400 local time, provided the [Minsk] meeting takes place, I will call on the general staff to set up a bilateral ... Read More »

Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics offer their own peace plan

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The administrations of the People’s Republics of Luhansk and Donetsk put forward their own peace plan to settle the crisis in the southeast of Ukraine. The plan provides not only for a temporary cease-fire, but also for a no-fly zone for combat aircraft over the territory of the south-east of Ukraine.International monitoring of ceasefire regime should be carried out under ... Read More »

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 »