Statement on the Transitional Justice Agreement between the Colombian Government and FARC

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The agreement on transitional justice reached by the government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), and publicly announced yesterday in Havana is a major breakthrough in the four-year peace talks. In effect, it anticipates the termination of the 51-year armed conflict. In an unprecedented personal meeting, President Juan Manual Santos and FARC’s maximum leader, Rodrigo Londoño ... Read More »

A “No” to Iran Means No Forever

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There is a notion cultivated by opponents of the Iran nuclear agreement, attractive to members of Congress under intense pressure to vote no, that congressional rejection of the agreement will enable U.S. negotiators to reach a better deal. Politico – By Samuel R. Berger The expectation is, that with a further turn of the screws, we can pressure the Iranians ... Read More »

France and Russia reach warship agreement

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France will refund all money already paid by Russia for the Mistral warships. Politico – By Zoya Sheftalovich France will refund all of the money Russia already paid for two undelivered Mistral warships, but the final sum will be lower than the almost €1.2 billion Russian media reported last week. The two countries signed a contract for the sale of the warships in 2011. ... Read More »

Devil’s in detail of the China Free Trade Agreement

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With public hearings for the Parliamentary Inquiry into the China Free Trade Agreement under way, the Shenhua Watermark coal mine on the Liverpool Plains, in north-west NSW, may provide a test case for some of the key clauses in the agreement on governments’ rights to regulate mining projects for environmental reasons and on the employment of temporary overseas workers on such ... Read More »

Australia walks away from Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal talks

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The trade minister, Andrew Robb, says 98% of agreement is finalised but the difficulties lie with the big four economies of US Canada, Japan and Mexico The Guardian - Australian Associated Press and Reuters The world’s biggest regional trade deal – Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) – is still within reach despite Australia walking away empty-handed from the latest talks, the federal ... Read More »

India and Bangladesh to sign territory swap deal

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BBC - Bangladesh and India are to sign a historic agreement to simplify their border by exchanging more than 150 enclaves of land. India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi will ratify the deal with his counterpart Sheikh Hasina in Dhaka. Thousands of Bangladeshis inhabit more than 50 enclaves in India, while Indians live in around 100 areas within Bangladesh. The countries will ... Read More »

Life in a Colombia village threatened by landmines

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BBC - Colombia’s government and left-wing Farc rebels recently agreed to clear the country of landmines as part of the ongoing peace talks. Natalio Cosoy reports from Anori where people live in fear of landmines ( video ) But the job could take decades. BBC Mundo’s Natalio Cosoy visited one area where residents live in constant threat of being killed, maimed ... Read More »

Iran Nuclear Talks: A Landmark Achievement, Yet a Long Road Ahead

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The International Crisis Group applauds the 2 April agreement on a framework for a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action reached between Iran and the P5+1/EU3+3 (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany). This achievement is a triumph of multilateral diplomacy and a testament to the seriousness of purpose, patience and persistence of the negotiators involved in ... Read More »

Arab League agrees to create joint military force

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BBC – The heads of Arab League countries meeting in Egypt have agreed to create a joint Arab military force. The League has been meeting in Sharm el-Sheikh amid a crisis in Yemen and the threat of jihadists who have made major gains in Iraq, Syria and Libya. However, establishing the make-up and remit of the force could take months, ... Read More »