March 30, 2007 |
Arab leaders urged Israel to accept a 5-year-old peace plan that they say could end the decades-old Middle East conflict, calling for negotiations with the Jewish state as the annual Arab League summit drew to a close here Thursday. But key elements of the plan raise doubts about its chances for success.
February 22, 2007 |
South Asian rivals India and Pakistan signed an agreement to reduce the risk of accidentally triggering a nuclear war between them. Details of the pact, which was signed in New Delhi, have been kept secret, but officials say it includes confidence-building measures related to the countries' nuclear arsenals. The move is part of peace efforts aimed at ending more than half a century of hostilities.
February 21, 2007 |
Pakistan's top envoy arrived in India's capital Tuesday to nudge along a fitful peace process in the aftermath of a deadly firebombing aboard a train connecting the rival nations. The attack on the Samjhauta Express, in which at least 68 people burned to death, lent a greater sense of urgency to a previously scheduled visit here by Pakistani Foreign Minister Mian Khursheed Mehmood Kasuri.
February 16, 2007 |
Fresh from a meeting with rebel commanders in the western Sudanese bush, leaders of a new joint United Nations and African Union peace effort expressed optimism Thursday about bringing warring parties in Darfur back to the negotiating table. In the latest diplomatic offensive to jump-start stalled peace talks, special envoys from the two organizations are wrapping up a weeklong series of meetings with Sudanese government officials, rebel fighters, civilians and tribal leaders.
February 9, 2007 |
The rival Palestinian groups Hamas and Fatah announced Thursday that they have agreed in principle to share power in hopes of easing months of deadly factional fighting and breaking a damaging international aid embargo. The tentative accord was announced in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, where leaders of the two groups met for two days under the auspices of King Abdullah.
January 18, 2007 |
Nepal's former communist guerrillas began handing over weapons to U.N. monitors Wednesday under a landmark peace deal calling for thousands of fighters to disarm and stay in camps, officials said. United Nations monitors began registering the ex-fighters and their weapons at a camp in Chitwan, about 100 miles southwest of the capital, Katmandu, said a spokesman for the rebel unit there. The spokesman, who goes by the single name Abiral, said by telephone that the process was going smoothly. A U.
January 16, 2007 |
Seeking a fresh start for stalled Mideast peace efforts, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Monday won promises from the leaders of Israel and the Palestinian Authority to meet with her next month for their first discussion of a final peace deal in more than six years.
December 29, 2006 |
Signaling a possible breakthrough in what has been the biggest stumbling block to a power-sharing agreement in Northern Ireland, Sinn Fein leaders said Thursday that they had summoned their executive leadership to consider endorsement of the provincial police force.
December 28, 2006 |
Sudan raised new doubts Wednesday about its commitment to a U.N. peace effort in the Darfur region when its envoy ruled out any U.N. peacekeeping troops. The surprise statement came just minutes after the Security Council announced that it welcomed the Sudanese president's acceptance of the plan to help end the escalating conflict -- a plan that includes deployment of a hybrid African Union-United Nations force.
December 27, 2006 |
Israel has approved construction of new housing for Jewish settlers in the West Bank, officials said Tuesday, drawing protests from Palestinian leaders and Israeli peace activists who said the decision violated a 3-year-old pledge to the United States to freeze settlement activity. Israeli officials insisted that there was no such breach, saying the site of the new homes for 100 families in the northern Jordan Valley had been a Jewish settlement since 1981.