Reconciliation

South Sudan’s South: Conflict in the Equatorias

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The 2015 Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan reached a milestone with the formation of a transitional government in Juba in April. Yet fault lines like those in the Equatorias remain outstanding. A committed, inclusive political response is vital to stop low-level conflicts continuing indefinitely… Source: South Sudan’s South: Conflict in the Equatorias – International Crisis Group Read More »

Afghanistan signs draft accord with militant leader

Afghanistan signed a draft agreement with the Hezb-e-Islami militant group on May 18 in a move the government hopes could lead to a full peace accord with one of the most notorious warlords in the insurgency.  Hezb-e-Islami leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar is a veteran of decades of Afghan war and rights groups have accused his group of widespread abuses, particularly during the civil war of the early 1990s, when he briefly served as prime minister… Source: Afghanistan signs draft accord with ... Read More »

Colombia’s FARC agrees to remove child soldiers from ranks

Colombia’s Marxist FARC rebels agreed May 15 to remove child soldiers from their ranks as part of the peace deal they are close to signing with the government. The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) agreed to “implement departure of those under 15 years of age as soon as terms are agreed upon,” the parties said in a statement from Cuba, which is hosting peace negotiations… Source: Colombia’s FARC agrees to remove child soldiers from ranks – AMERICAS Read More »

Rights groups slam Nepal deal on war crimes amnesty

Human rights groups accuse ruling coalition, including Maoists, of attempting to “wash away the crimes of the conflict”. Rights groups have slammed a deal between Nepal’s ruling parties to withdraw civil war cases from courts and offer amnesty to people accused of abuses during a decade-long Maoist rebellion… Source: Rights groups slam Nepal deal on war crimes amnesty – AJE News Read More »

New Zealand’s indigenous reconciliation efforts show having a treaty isn’t enough

Australia is being held back by its unresolved relationship with its Indigenous population. Drawing on attempts at reconciliation overseas, this series explores different ways of addressing this unfinished business. Today, lessons from New Zealand. The relationship between Māori and the British Crown (which delegated its authority to the New Zealand government) has historically been filled… Source: New Zealand’s indigenous reconciliation efforts show having a treaty isn’t enough Read More »

Yemen foes resume face-to-face peace talks, says UN

Yemen’s warring parties resumed face-to-face peace talks on May 4, after a three-day break triggered by a walkout by the government delegation, the United Nations said. It is only the second round of face-to-face talks in the hard-won negotiations to end a devastating conflict that has killed more than 6,400 people and displaced 2.8 million since March last year… Source: Yemen foes resume face-to-face peace talks, says UN – MIDEAST Read More »

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 »