Kerry to offer US vision of Israel-Palestinian peace Wednesday

Kerry to offer US vision of Israel-Palestinian peace Wednesday

US Secretary of State John Kerry will offer a “comprehensive vision” of how to revive the Israel-Palestinian peace process in a major speech on Wednesday. President Barack Obama’s administration, including Kerry, is to leave office in four weeks and last week gravely offended Israel by failing to veto a critical UN resolution. But US officials […]

Israel’s Lieberman dubs French peace meeting new ‘Dreyfus trial’

Israel’s Lieberman dubs French peace meeting new ‘Dreyfus trial’

Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Monday criticised an upcoming Middle East peace conference organised by France, calling it a new “Dreyfus trial” and urged French Jews to move to Israel. Representatives of around 70 countries are due to attend the January 15 conference aimed at restarting long-stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts. Israel has strongly opposed […]

Colombia’s congress ratifies FARC peace deal

Colombia’s congress ratifies FARC peace deal

After five decades of war, more than four years of negotiations and two signing ceremonies, Colombia’s congress late Wednesday formally ratified a peace agreement allowing leftist rebels to enter politics. The 310-page revised accord was approved unanimously by the lower house, which voted a day after the Senate approved the same text 75-0 following a […]

Colombia, FARC to sign new peace deal Thursday

Colombia, FARC to sign new peace deal Thursday

Colombia’s government and FARC guerrillas will sign a new peace accord Thursday, after a previous agreement to end their half-century-old war was defeated in a referendum, both parties said. The new, revised accord will be submitted to Congress for approval, rather than put to another referendum, they added. Last month voters taking part in that […]

Two FARC rebels killed in Colombia days after peace deal

Two FARC rebels killed in Colombia days after peace deal

Two suspected FARC fighters were killed in combat in northern Colombia on Wednesday, four days after the government announced a revised peace accord with the rebel group. “Fighting took place in the south of the Bolivar department, and guerrillas who claimed to belong to theFARC were killed,” the government’s chief peace negotiator Humberto de la […]

Colombia extends FARC ceasefire in hope of reaching new peace deal

Colombia extends FARC ceasefire in hope of reaching new peace deal

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said Thursday a ceasefire with the country’s FARC guerillas has been extended until December 31 but that he hopes to have “a new agreement” for peace before that date. “I have made the decision to extend the bilateral ceasefire until December 31. Let this be clear: This is not an […]

Colombia to hold peace talks with ELN rebels

Colombia to hold peace talks with ELN rebels

  The Colombian government and the country’s second-largest rebel group, the ELN, announced Monday they would launch negotiations on October 27 in Ecuador’s capital, with 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 talks begin, according to […]

Colombia, FARC rebels sign historic peace accord

Colombia, FARC rebels sign historic peace accord

The Colombian government and the leftist FARC rebel force signed a historic peace accord Monday to end a half-century conflict that has killed hundreds of thousands of people. President Juan Manuel Santos and the leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), Timoleon “Timochenko” Jimenez, signed the deal at a ceremony in the Caribbean […]

White House confirms Kerry to meet Lavrov for Syria peace talks

White House confirms Kerry to meet Lavrov for Syria peace talks

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will meet Russia’s foreign minister in Geneva about a ceasefire deal for Syria, the State Department said on Thursday in a sudden about-face after saying it did not believe a meeting was worthwhile. Less than an hour after the U.S. State Department said it had no travel to announce […]

UN, Gulf States, US agree on plan to restart Yemen peace talks

UN, Gulf States, US agree on plan to restart Yemen peace talks

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday he had agreed in talks with Gulf Arab states and the United Nations in Saudi Arabia on a plan to restart Yemen peace talks with a goal of forming a unity government. U.N.-sponsored negotiations to end 18 months of fighting in the impoverished country on Saudi […]

Diplomats try to revive Mideast peace process in Paris

Diplomats try to revive Mideast peace process in Paris

  Top diplomats from around the world on Friday endorsed France’s efforts to revive long-dormant Mideast peace talks aimed at “fully ending” Israel’s half-century-old occupation of lands the Palestinians seek for their state. France wants to set up an international conference by the end of the year that would restart negotiations – despite slim chances […]

Netanyahu steps up opposition to French-led Mideast peace initiative

Netanyahu steps up opposition to French-led Mideast peace initiative

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has voiced his support for a 14-year-old Arab peace plan in an apparent snub of a French-led international conference on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict due to start this week. Paris on Friday will host more than 20 foreign ministers, as well as United Nations and European Union diplomats, in what will be […]