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#Peace Talks

# peace-talks - Monday 29 July, 2013

Israel and Palestine to resume talks in Washington

It will be the first time officials have had direct discussions in the past three years.

# peace-talks - Thursday 25 July, 2013

Irish MEP has no problem with Palestinians arming themselves against Israeli forces

Murphy came up against criticism over remarks he made calling for a mass struggle similar to the first intifada.

# peace-talks - Friday 19 July, 2013

Following talks, Israel and Palestine agree to talks

Both Israel and the Palestinian presidency welcomed the development, but the Islamist Hamas movement rejected a return to talks which have been brokered by US Secretary of State John Kerry.

# peace-talks - Sunday 2 June, 2013

Red Cross asks for access to Qusair to bring food, water and medicine

The charity said it was “alarmed” by the consequences of the continuing conflict in Qusair.

# peace-talks - Sunday 26 May, 2013

Kerry set to unveil plan for West Bank economy

The US Secretary of State is tasked with presenting a economic plan to attract tourism and private sector investment into the West Bank.

# peace-talks - Friday 17 May, 2013

Turkey and US demand Assad stand down

The US President and Turkish Prime Minister met in Washington to discuss Syria’s ongoing, bloody conflict.

# peace-talks - Thursday 9 May, 2013

Israel approves 296 West Bank settler homes

The announcement comes just two days after Benjamin Netanyahu ordered a freeze on tenders for new settler homes in a bid to give a chance to US-led efforts to revive peace talks.

# peace-talks - Tuesday 7 May, 2013

Israel PM freezes tenders for new West Bank settler homes

Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered a freeze on publishing tenders for new West Bank settler homes to avoid hampering US efforts to renew peace talks, according to Israeli army radio reports.

# peace-talks - Sunday 28 April, 2013

Column: The EU must do more to help resolve the Israel-Palestinian conflict

The EU has considerable leverage in the region, yet is taking a back-seat to the US – which dithers as relations in the region break-down. It’s time for a change, writes Emer Costello MEP.

# peace-talks - Thursday 29 November, 2012

Palestinians certain to win UN recognition as a state UN

Palestinians certain to win UN recognition as a state

Israel and the United States have warned UN recognition could delay hopes of achieving an independent Palestinian homeland through peace talks.

# peace-talks - Monday 19 November, 2012

Colombian rebels announce cease-fire

The top negotiator for the group announced the unilateral cease-fire before heading into peace talks.

# peace-talks - Wednesday 25 January, 2012

Talks break down between Israel and Palestine

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas said the talks had ended without any breakthrough.

# peace-talks - Tuesday 3 January, 2012

Israel and Palestine hold first talks in over a year

Negotiators will meet in Jordan in the hope of setting conditions under which peace talks could be restarted.

# peace-talks - Wednesday 2 November, 2011

Rebel demobilisation deal sees Nepal parties push ahead with peace process

Nepal’s main parties have agreed to resume talks for a peace deal, but will face a significant challenge in creating a new constitution.

# peace-talks - Thursday 20 October, 2011

US 'will not abandon Afghanistan'

Meeting Afghan leaders in an unannounced trip to Kabul, Hillary Clinton urged Karzai to continue engaging in peace talks with the Tablian.

# peace-talks - Sunday 2 October, 2011

Israel welcomes new peace talks plan with Palestinians

However, the office of Benjamin Netanyahu said there were still “concerns” about the proposals to resume stalled talks.

# peace-talks - Saturday 24 September, 2011

Quartet maps out timeline for Middle East peace talks

The Quartet of the EU, US, UN and Russia have provided Israel and the Palestinians with an eleventh-hour plan for peace talks.

# peace-talks - Saturday 4 June, 2011

Palestine agrees to Middle East peace talks in France - but will the USA and Israel be there?

Israel has not replied to the French invitation as hopes of a Palestinian state being recognised by the United Nations appear to be floundering.

# peace-talks - Wednesday 2 March, 2011

Israel approves housing expansion in east Jerusalem

Newly approved Jewish settlement expansion in bitterly contested east Jerusalem has raised further fears for the deadlocked peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

# peace-talks - Wednesday 8 December, 2010

US abandons demand for Israeli settlement freeze

The United States says it will no longer attempt to convince Israel to ban construction in the West Bank.

# peace-talks - Sunday 14 November, 2010

Israel to debate US settlement deal

The US has offered a package of incentives to Israel in exchange for a 90-day settlement freeze.

# peace-talks - Sunday 3 October, 2010

The 9 at 9: Sunday

Things you need to know by 9am.

# peace-talks - Monday 27 September, 2010

Israel back to building right after settlement freeze ends

Fears for future of peace talks heighten as construction ban expires.

# peace-talks - Wednesday 1 September, 2010

Isreali deaths overshadow peace talks

First direct talks between Israel and Palestine in over 18 months open in Washington.

# peace-talks - Thursday 5 August, 2010

FORMER PSNI ASSISTANT chief constable Peter Sheridan has suggested it’s time for Northern Ireland to set up a truth commission. Sheridan’s suggestion came after Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness met with loyalist paramilitary figures at a public event in west Belfast.

Sheridan says that people are ready to accept each other, without having to agree with each other.

Truth commissions have been set up in around 30 countries to date, according to Amnesty International. They give people from all sides of a dispute an opportunity to speak about the violence and crimes they have suffered or committed during a particular period.

A truth commission might be able to ascertain the locations of the remains of victims of violence, which have not yet been located.

Three countries which have used the truth commission process as a means of overcoming years of violence:

1. South Africa:

A truth commission to investigate the effects of apartheid was set up by President Nelson Mandela and former Archbishop Desmond Tutu in 1995. The victims and perpetrators of violence were invited to give statements, and people could seek amnesty from prosecution.

After the commission had finished, some said the opportunity to give and receive apologies for violence was a reconciliatory approach to human rights violations. Others criticised the commission’s amnesty clause, saying it meant that some people were never prosecuted for their crimes.

2. East Timor

A truth commission was established in East Timor in 2001 by the UN transitional administration to investigate human rights violations committed between April 1974 and October 1999.

The final report recommended not punishing those responsible for violence, but instead to encourage people to work for community reconciliation by being open with each other about how they had felt during the years of violence.

3. Panama

Panama‘s truth commission ran for a year and three months from January 2001, and focused on human rights abuses during General Torrijos’s reign and that of his successor, General Noriega.

Torrijos seized power in 1968 via a military takeover. The commission concluded that the military regimes had engaged in torture, and discovered 24 graves of people killed during the dictatorships.