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The Syrian government has confirmed its participation in the latest talks aimed at a political solution to the conflict. A UN official said he spoke with Damascus about the need for a UN-backed transition.
Yemen’s internationally-backed government and Shiite Houthi rebels have resumed peace talks in Kuwait City. The ongoing conflict which began in March 2015 has claimed 9,000 lives to date.
In light of the Syrian civil war and the ongoing refugee crisis, the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians has been largely pushed into the background in recent months. But the conference in Paris which opened on Friday aimed to begin a new peace initiative between the two conflict parties. Envoys from some 28 countries and …
Representatives from almost 30 countries and organizations are due to meet in Paris to discuss a new Arab-Israeli peace push. However, the conference has purposefully left out Israeli and Palestinian delegates.
The Egyptian declarations are important and “create a real opportunity for peace which should not be wasted by Israel”, says new Israeli defence minister
The UN has named January 25 as the day for representatives of the Syrian regime and opposition to begin international talks aimed to end the war. Questions over the fate of Assad and rebel groups to be invited remain.
Affiliated militias pose risk of derailing a political settlement
With the government also barring its delegates from continuing talks, negotiations might be over
Egypt expects any newly formed Israeli government to engage directly in a political process that leads to the resumption of negotiations between the Palestinian and Israeli authorities, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Wednesday. The ministry added in a statement that any Israeli government should act according to the internationally agreed on peace process and to the Arab peace initiative. This is in …
An EU foreign ministers meeting allowed High Representative Mogherini to outline proposals for EU mission to Libya after successful peace talks
Israel uninvited, despite president’s opinion praising relations with Netanyahu
Robert Serry arrived in Cairo to discuss potential resumption of Palestinian-Israeli peace talks
Senior Hamas official cites “security measures”, says ceasefire will stand
MFA hails Hamas-Fatah agreement as “important step for the restoration of Palestinians’ legitimate rights”
Israel in talks with Egypt, Turkey on major gas export deals
AFP – An Israeli minister on Sunday said Washington’s top diplomat was “wrong” for pressuring Israel in peace talks, a day before Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas visits the White House. His remarks came two days after US Secretary of State John Kerry criticised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s repeated demand that the Palestinians recognise Israel …
Peace talks in Geneva in January and February that for the first time brought representatives of the regime and the opposition to the table together failed to yield concrete results.
Obama pushed for a decision on peace, while Netanyahu insisted Israel had done its part and that Iran is now the most urgent threat.
The timing of Idriss’s replacement by another senior military commander is significant, with analysts predicting that the most likely outcome of the peace talks stalemate will be a renewed focus by both sides on military operations.
The Syrian leader was quoted on Sunday as saying his departure is not up for discussion, in a Russian media report that his office quickly denied.
The talks opening Wednesday are aimed at setting up a transitional government to find a way out of the brutal conflict that has killed 130,000 people and made millions homeless since March 2011.
A diplomatic row erupted between Israel and Washington on Tuesday after Yaalon was quoted as saying Kerry had an “obsession” and a “sense of messianism” about the peace process.
The meetings come as Assad’s forces appear to make gains on the ground amid deadly internal fighting in the rebellion pitting the once-dominant Islamists against resurgent fighters from groups more palatable to the West.
Egypt’s foreign minister will attend meetings regarding Syria and Palestine and Israel
The UN leader warned that evidence of widespread atrocities committed during the nearly month-long conflict would be investigated, and that “perpetrators of serious human rights violations will be held accountable.”
Fighting erupted in South Sudan 15 December, when President Salva Kiir accused his former deputy Riek Machar of attempting a coup.
The talks are scheduled for 22 January in the Swiss city, but Fabius said there were doubts over whether they would make progress towards ending the civil war that has now raged for more than two and a half years and killed more than 126,000 people.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Nabil Fahmy emphasises Egypt’s support for ongoing Israeli-Palestinian talks, condemns ongoing settlement activity