September 4, 2012 |
BOGOTA, Colombia - Prospects for an end to more than four decades of armed rebellion in Colombia inched closer to reality Tuesday as President Juan Manuel Santos announced that his government had agreed to start peace talks with the country's largest insurgent group. The first open negotiations in a decade between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, will start early next month in Oslo and then shift to Cuba, and will span "months, not years," Santos said.
July 17, 2013 |
JERUSALEM -- Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has called for an "urgent" meeting Thursday of his senior advisors, the Palestine Liberation Organization's executive committee and other factions to consider the latest proposal by U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry to restart peace talks with Israel, his office said Wednesday. Though there were some signs that Kerry's effort is making headway, officials on all sides said it remained unclear whether a breakthrough was imminent.
January 16, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - Secretary of State John F. Kerry pleaded Thursday with Syrian opposition groups not to drop out of a peace conference scheduled to convene next week to begin the process of setting up a new government for their war-scarred country. With an umbrella group preparing to vote Friday on whether to attend, Kerry said at an impromptu news conference at the State Department that the Syrian government wouldn't be able to impose new leadership that is against the wishes of the opposition.
August 6, 2013 |
KABUL, Afghanistan -- The reclusive leader of Afghanistan's Taliban said Tuesday that his militant group was willing to begin peace negotiations, even as he urged stepped-up attacks on foreign troops to force them out of the country. In a lengthy and wide-ranging email message, Mullah Mohammad Omar called on Afghans to boycott elections scheduled for early 2014 and urged Afghan police, soldiers and paramilitary personnel to turn their guns on foreign troops -- as well as Afghan government troops cooperating with U.S.-led coalition forces.
November 15, 2010 |
Under pressure from the Obama administration, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu began nudging his Cabinet on Sunday toward accepting a multibillion-dollar package of U.S. incentives to restart peace talks with Palestinians. But Netanyahu immediately faced strong opposition from conservative politicians and Jewish settler groups, who vowed to block the American proposal because it would reimpose building restrictions in the West Bank for three months. U.S. officials hope to use the three-month window to focus talks on setting final borders for a proposed Palestinian state.
June 19, 1994 |
Peace talks were called off Saturday and northern forces in Yemen's civil war threatened to storm the southern stronghold of Aden unless the south ended its month-old secession. The ultimatum was given as the Egyptian foreign minister reported that cease-fire talks would not take place today in Cairo as planned. Both sides had agreed Friday to attend the U.N.-arranged talks.
July 31, 1990
The second round of talks between the African National Congress and the South African government scheduled next Monday had been expected to resolve remaining obstacles to an ANC cease-fire and formal constitutional negotiations. But a possible hitch has emerged in government suspicions that the revitalized Communist Party, influential in the ANC's military wing, plans an armed insurrection if peace talks break down.
November 10, 1991
Our President talks about acting as the catalyst for Middle East negotiations. Catalysts often contain noble elements. To date, Bush and Baker actions have been ignoble, backing the totalitarian governments and stomping on our only friend and democracy in the region. Sad and ignoble. JOE RUDER, Rancho Palos Verdes
November 18, 1994 |
UNITA rebels suspended peace talks Thursday, accusing government troops of violating an hours-old cease-fire with offensives in northern and central Angola. The insurgents walked out of the talks in Lusaka, Zambia, where the two sides had planned to sign a peace treaty Sunday. A cease-fire signed Wednesday night was supposed to be the first step toward ending 19 years of civil war. The government said all fighting had stopped.
November 9, 1996 |
Guatemala has agreed to resume peace talks with leftist rebels after the leader of a guerrilla group linked to a kidnapping agreed to step out of the negotiations. The U.N.-sponsored talks, which had been running smoothly for months, were abruptly suspended Oct. 28 after rebel commander Rafael Augusto Valdizon was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping a member of an influential family. Police briefly jailed Valdizon but let him go in return for the freeing of 86-year-old Olga Alvarado de Novella.