Reconciliation

Greece has taken a principled stand over guarantees

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In your editorial “Greece must stop blocking a deal” (Cyprus Mail, November 24), Greece is blamed for not adopting “a supportive role, instead of undermining the process as it had done in the last week”. Cyprus Mail Myron M Nicolatos, president of the Cyprus supreme court President Anastasiades is also blamed, for standing next to Prime Minister Tsipras and “nodding approvingly” while the… Greece has taken a… Read More »

Colombia peace deal: Government and Farc reach new agreement

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The Colombian government and the Farc rebel group have announced a new peace agreement, six weeks after the original deal was rejected in a popular vote. Alvaro Uribe, a former president who led the “no” campaign, was involved in this round of negotiations intended to end 52… Colombia peace deal… Read More »

“Can Cyprus Become A United Country?”

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Lecture At Cyprus University “Greece is the Mother of Democracy.  South Africa is its youngest daughter”. By: George Bizos SC * So said Nelson Mandela shortly after his release after twenty seven years of imprisonment. His answer to the question would have been “yes, it can”. He was no stranger to Hellenism. He was a graduate of Arts and Law. He played the role of Creon in Sophocles’s play “Antigone” whilst in prison. He had read Plato, Thucydides, Aristotle, Zenon and ... Read More »

U.N. envoy to Yemen hands peace plan outline to rival parties

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SANAA: The United Nations envoy to Yemen has handed an outline for a peace plan to Houthi rebels in control of the capital which includes depriving their rival, President Abed Rabbou Mansour Hadi, of his authorities and the withdrawal of rebels from major cities, a Houthi-affiliated politician said Tuesday. Special Envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed left Sanaa after a three-day visit aimed at pushing for an end the… U.N. envoy to… Read More »

For peace we must find ways of living together, says Hürriyet chairwoman

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Finding ways to live together is the key to achieving global peace, Hürriyet chairwoman and Aydın Doğan Foundation Vice President Vuslat Doğan Sabancı said on Oct. 20, speaking at a panel on Islamophobia organized by the Doğan Group in Washington. Doğan Sabancı delivered the opening speech of the panel titled “Islamophobia: Overcoming Myths and Engaging in a… For peace we… Read More »

Myanmar’s Peace Process: Getting to a Political Dialogue

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After almost 70 years of armed conflict, Myanmar has a rare but fading opportunity to finalise a broad-based, federal settlement. The government must adopt a more flexible approach that allays opposition concerns, and armed groups need to go beyond preliminaries and… Myanmar’s Peace Process… Read More »

Shoring Up the Status Quo at Jerusalem’s Holy Esplanade

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Defusing conflict over Jerusalem’s holiest site Even the name of Jerusalem’s holiest site causes fundamental disagreement. For Jews, it is the Temple Mount, for Muslims, the Noble Sanctuary or the Al-Aqsa Mosque. So when the Holy Esplanade looked set to become an… Shoring Up the… Read More »

Colombia to launch peace talks with ELN rebels

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The Colombian government and the country’s second-largest rebel group, the leftist National Liberation Army (ELN), announced Oct. 10 they would launch negotiations on Oct. 27 in Ecuador’s capital, with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos predicting “total peace.” Both sides have committed to doing everything in their power to “create an environment favorable to peace” once the… Colombia to launch… Read More »

Obama says Colombia president ‘right pick’ for Nobel Prize

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Juan Manuel Santos wins the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to end the 52-year war with rebels, an accord Colombians then rejected in a referendum. By AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE and REUTERS Nobel Peace Prize winner Barack Obama on Friday hailed the courage of this year’s laureate, Colombian President Juan… Obama says Colombia president… Read More »

Ashraf Ghani’s gamble with ‘butcher of Kabul’

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For the Afghan president, a deal with Gulbuddin Hekmatyar is a political win, but it may not bring political stability. by Najib Sharifi Last week, the Afghan government signed a peace deal with the notorious warlord and… Ashraf Ghani’s gamble with… Read More »

Reassembling Colombia’s Rejected Peace Deal

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Three interlocking sets of negotiations can still end Colombia’s 52 years of civil war, even after a 2 October referendum voted down a 26 September peace deal. But success will need energetic new engagement by all sides – especially in the region. Reassembling Colombia’s Rejected… Read More »

Colombia referendum: Peace deal with FARC rejected

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President Santos says ceasefire to remain in place as rebels also vow commitment to peace talks after shock vote result. Voters in Colombia’s referendum have narrowly rejected a peace accord between the government and the Marxist group, FARC. The outcome of Sunday’s vote endangers a deal expected to end 52 years of war and allow FARC fighters to re-enter society and form a… Colombia referendum: Peace deal with FARC rejected… Read More »

Global court takes up Timor Leste, Australia sea border row

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THE HAGUE (AFP) – An international arbitration court agreed Monday (Sept 26) to take up a decade-long maritime border dispute between Australia and Timor Leste which cuts through lucrative oil and gas fields in the Timor Sea. The Permanent Court of Arbitration “held that it was competent to continue with the arbitration process” initiated by Timor Leste against Canberra in April, the… Source: Global court takes up Timor Leste, Australia sea border row, Australia/NZ News & Top Stories – The ... Read More »

A long road to reconciliation

Seven years after the end of the civil war and 18 months into a new government, Jo Eckersley and Ashwin Hemmathagama report from Sri Lanka on a country still struggling to unite. Thurairaja Kanagamma hasn’t stepped foot on her land for 29 years. She lost her home in the Jaffna peninsula in 1989, when fighting escalated between government forces and… Source: A long road to reconciliation — New Internationalist Read More »

Southern Thailand’s Peace Dialogue: No Traction

The August bombings in seven of Thailand’s tourist towns portend a wider conflict, while the peace dialogue process has lost momentum. To get back on track, fragmented militants must end doubtful hopes of victory through violence, and the government must commit to a… Source: Southern Thailand’s Peace Dialogue: No Traction | International Crisis Group Read More »

Peace Day: An Opportunity for Reflection

The International Day of Peace was inaugurated by the United Nations in 1981 and is celebrated on 21 September across the globe. By Professor Diane Bretherton, Dr Tania Miletic It provides an opportunity to reflect on the meaning of peace and to think about the role of the UN in creating a more peaceful world. The General Assembly has declared this as a day for strengthening the… Source: Peace Day: An Opportunity for Reflection – AIIA Read More »